Plane Crashes Killing Five Jehovah's Witness Ministers

September 3, 2007

Authorities are trying to get to the site where a small plane carrying five Jehovah's witness minsters crashed. Officials say the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Cherokee National Forest.

Jehovah's Witness officials have released the names of the five elders that were killed in the plane crash. Craig Clark of Elizabethton, Gerald Booth of Unicoi County, Randall Walp of Chattanooga, Victor Osborne of Morristown and Leon Rosko of Pigeon Forge were killed in Saturday's crash.

Osborne owned the plane and was piloting it between Elizabethton
and the Virginia Highlands Airport near Abingdon, Virginia.

The Carter County Sheriff's Department says the single engine Beech Bonanza crashed around 10:30 a.m. Sunday after leaving the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee.

A passing airplane spotted the smoldering wreckage around 7 p.m. Sunday about a mile and a half down the southern side of the mountain in a rugged and remote area, about 10 miles north of Elizabethton.

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