Rutherford County residents concerned about planes flying low late at night

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Rutherford County homeowners called News 2 concerned about low-flying planes leaving from and arriving at the Smyrna airport.

“We are hearing them more and more and they seem to be lower,” said homeowner Gloria Corwin.

She’s lived in the Lake Forest subdivision in La Vergne for over thirteen years. It’s the largest subdivision in the state and it sits under the Smyrna airport flight path.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Corwin said the planes have never seemed to be as loud or as close as they have been recently. What’s more, they’ve been flying in and out late at night according to Corwin.

“Around 10:30pm I was lying in bed and it sounded like the plane was coming through my house,” she said. “It was quite concerning.”

News 2 spoke with the Smyrna Airport Director and he said the flight paths haven’t changed and there aren’t any low-flying planes.

Instead, he said, more cargo jets are dropping off supplies for Nissan. The Smryna plant is less than five miles from the airport.

He said homeowners have heard more cargo jets, which are especially loud, and they have been coming in later at night.

Corwin hopes the schedule will change.

“People are trying to sleep at that hour,” she said. “If you have children, they could be scared and wake up.”

News 2 asked if the airport could do anything about the issue but the director said this was the first he had heard about the complaints.

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