NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Four members of a prominent Kansas family were killed Monday afternoon when their plane crashed just feet away from a crowded YMCA in Bellevue.
Those on board have been identified as 62-year-old Glenn Mull, the pilot, his wife Elaine Mull, 63, the couple’s daughter Amy Harter, 40, and granddaughter Samantha, 16, according to authorities.
The family was on their way to Nashville to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
News of the fatal plane crash spread quickly Monday night at Opryland. Some of Mull’s extended family members were already there.
Mull was a prominent businessman who owned a large farming and cattle operation. His family is well known and well respected in the cattle community and has been attending cattle conventions around the country for decades.
Kansas Livestock Association Executive Vice President Dee Likes said he and Mull attended college together and have been friends for 40 years.
“He was a very personable fellow, everyone liked him. Glenn and his entire family were people that were very, very compassionate and involved. He was a great guy in every way I knew him,” said Likes.
Those who knew Mull say he was an experienced pilot and had a lot of hours flying the Gulfstream 690C.
“Most people come here commercially, but theirs is a pretty intense business operation and the convenience of flying in a private aircraft so he could get back home to attend to business for him would not have been that
unusual,” Likes continued.
Investigators have called Mull a hero. It’s believed in those final moments he was able to veer the plane away from the crowded YMCA, saving the lives of many people inside.
“I can tell you that is consistent with the man that I knew. He’s the kind of person that would go out of his way to not harm anyone else even in a time of tragedy,” said Likes.
The association is planning to have several moments of silence during the convention this week.
A Metro police chaplain visited family members at Opryland on Tuesday to offer condolences and help if they wanted it.