NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 19-year-old son of incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was slightly injured in the crash of a small plane Friday.
William Harrison Frist Jr., a freshman at Princeton University, was a passenger aboard a private plane that flipped over as it was taxiing to the runway to take off at foggy John C. Tune Airport, said Nick Smith, a spokesman for the senator.
"Harrison is fine," said Frist spokesman Nick Smith. He was being treated at Centennial Medical Center, the first hospital in the HCA Inc. chain founded by the senator's father and brother.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Christopher White in Atlanta said the Cessna 182S rolled down a 30-foot embankment along the runway at the general aviation airport. The FAA was investigating the accident, which injured two of the three aboard, White said.
Visibility was hampered by the weather.
"Due to fog, it ran off the runway," said Allison McAfee, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which manages the Tune airport.
"There is no air traffic control at Tune Airport because it is just for general aviation purposes," she said.
FAA records show the plane was registered to Right Rudder LLC of Nashville. A phone listing for the company could not be located.
Frist has two other sons, Jonathan, 17, and Bryan, 15, who are enrolled in St. Albans school in Washington.