At Least 11 Aircraft Damaged After Nashville Airport Hit By Tornado

At Least 11 Aircraft Damaged After Nashville Airport Hit By Tornado
Credits: Scott Slade

Nashville’s John C Tune Airport in Tennessee, USA, was hit by a tornado shortly before 1 a.m. Several hangars have been destroyed.
Multiple aircraft have sustained various levels of damage.

Photos from the scene show the following aircraft:

– Beech V35 Bonanza with a collapsed nose gear
– Beech 200 (N2PY) in the rubble of a collapsed hangar
– Beech 200 in the rubble of a collapsed hangar
– Cessna 172M (N630TC)
– Cessna 172/182 (N2186Y) flipped upside down
– Cessna 172/182 flipped upside down with damage to left-hand wing and tail
– Cirrus SF50 (2x) in the rubble of a collapsed hangar
– Cirrus SR20 (N503RR) with a severed tail
– Cirrus SR22 (N276DP) with the collapsed nose gear
– Dassault Falcon 2000 (N519JD) no observable major damage
– TBM900? with severe damage to the tail
– several corporate jets in the rubble of a collapsed hangar

Nashville John C. Tune Airport (JWN), the largest dedicated GA gateway in Tennessee, was extensively damaged last night by a powerful tornado that cut a swath of destruction across four counties in the center of the state and claimed the lives of nearly two dozen people.

The death toll jumped to at least 22 people after tornadoes ripped across central Tennessee, and police and fire crews spent hours pulling survivors and bodies from wrecked buildings.

According to aerial photos and video of the scene, at least four hangars were completely devastated, including one showing five jets amidst the ruins, along with several smaller aircraft. More single-engine aircraft were shown strewn across the tarmac. A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which owns and manages JWN, told AIN this morning that the airport is closed as crews continue to assess the damage, but confirmed there was damage to the Contour FBO, the lone service provider on the field.

Attempts to reach the Contour FBO were unsuccessful, and calls to the company’s corporate headquarters were not returned before press time. Per an FAA Notam, the airport is closed until March 10, ostensibly to allow enough time to clean up debris.

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