Death in the Great Smoky Mountains: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Most Popular Park by Michael BradleyIts no surprise that fatalities occur every year in Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the sheer number of visitors--more than ten million annually! In these cautionary tales, Bradley recounts deaths and other unfortunate incidents that have resulted from accidents and human folly, including bear attacks, swift water disasters, and mysterious disappearances. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by the dangers lurking in Americas most visited national park and will be better informed about what to do and what not to do the next time they enter its gates.
National Park Service: 3 dead in Smokies plane crash
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Federal authorities said the Cessna H collided with mountainous terrain as it was trying to land at the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport. A family member told Local 8 News David Starling was the pilot. His girlfriend, Kim Smith, and his son, 8-year-old Hunter Starling, were on board. According to the NTSB's report, an autopsy revealed all three victims died from multiple blunt force injuries. Investigators said a toxicology report revealed Phentermine was found in Starling's liver, spleen and in his kidney. It is a central nervous system stimulant, and side effects include over-stimulation, restlessness, and dizziness," said the NTSB's report. Federal documents showed Starling's flight instructor told investigators that he "pushed his training as hard as he could and cut corners wherever he could.
While often overshadowed by Mount Guyot , its higher neighbor to the south, Old Black is the 5th-highest mountain in Tennessee  and the 7th-highest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A ridge known as Pinnacle Lead intersects this massif— which comprises the eastern section of the crest of the Smokies— on the western slope of Old Black, giving Old Black a triangular shape similar to that of Tricorner Knob to the south., Some people hike for exercise; others are looking for views or waterfalls.
Note: When hiking to this area please be respectful of the site. Two people died in this crash. Rethink that selfie. Thank you! I never knew that there are close to 54 plane crash sites located in the Smoky Mountains.
I remember driving up there around when I was ten years old. My father would show me where the tall trees were sheared off from the crash. All 12 crew members were killed. It happened around am on a clear night. All I can remember was it was over half way up Clingmans Dome road and going up it was on the right side. Anybody else remember where the crash site exactly was at?