Aircraft Accident at Tri-Cities Airport

Blountville, TN. – An aircraft accident involving a small, single engine experimental category aircraft known as a Velocity occurred at Tri-Cities Airport yesterday evening.

Below are the final details Tri-Cities Airport will release. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be the investigating agency.

DATE:  Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TIME OF ACCIDENT: Approximately 8:05 PM

AIRCRAFT TYPE:  Velocity Experimental

ACCIDENT DESCRIPTION:  The aircraft accident occurred in the approach area of Runway 23. TRI emergency responders arrived at the scene and found two people on board conscious and moving. Foam was sprayed on the plane and surrounding area for preventive measures to avoid fire. Both passengers exited the aircraft with assistance and were transported by ambulance to Holston Valley Hospital for evaluation of possible injuries.

IMPACT ON TRI OPERATIONS:  Runway 23 was closed for approximately two hours, reopening at 10:00 PM. Commercial flights were minimally impacted by the accident with the final two flights of the evening arriving as scheduled. Some damage occurred to the FAA instrument landing system (ILS) lights on Runway 23. The FAA is currently assessing the damage, determining needed repairs and repair schedule.


Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Kentucky. TRI offers non-stop flights to four hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Orland/Sanford, and St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa) on Allegiant, American, and Delta. For more information about Tri-Cities Airport, visit