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911 calls released after plane crashes into Knoxville neighborhood

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Thursday, officials released 911 calls after a plane crashed into a Knoxville neighborhood.

Police say Gerald Marotta, Michael Spinazzola and Robert Gintz, all from the Knoxville area, were on the plane that crashed just after 3:15 p.m. Tuesday east of downtown Knoxville on Groner Avenue. Police say the plane left Island Home Airport minutes before it crashed into the driveway of a home, hitting a car.

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All three adults were taken to UT Medical Center. Marotta and Gintz have already been discharged. Spinazzola is listed in stable condition. No one on the ground was hurt.

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Witnesses report the aircraft struggled to climb.

"I saw it. It flew over me," Robert Wayne Foss said. "I was in the parking lot when it went overhead and I heard it and I realized that something was amiss and I saw it over the trees. It didn't look like it could climb. There was obviously something wrong. What exactly went wrong we'll find out in the study report by the NTSB."


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