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A small plane crashed after it was forced to make an emergency landing near Interstate 40 in Tennessee on Monday night, leaving five people dead, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

The single-engine plane crashed near I-40 East at Mile Marker 203 in West Nashville, a neighborhood about three miles from John C. Tune Airport.

Police spokesperson Don Aaron said at a news briefing that the control tower at John C. Tune Airport received a message at about 7:40 p.m. from an aircraft reporting that it was experiencing engine and power failure and needed emergency approval to land.

The airport gave approval for the aircraft to land on a runway, but the pilot radioed that it was not going to make it, Aaron said. It crashed about three miles south of the general aviation airport.

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Single engine plane crash in Nashville

Five people are dead after a single-engine plane crashed near I-40 East at Mile Marker 203 in West Nashville, which is about three miles from John C. Tune Airport. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

The aircraft ultimately crashed, bursting into flames, behind the Costco store just off the eastbound lanes of I-40, and the crash was called into dispatch at 7:44 p.m.

Aaron said no vehicles or buildings were hit when the plane crashed and that everyone who died was on the plane.

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Nashville plane crash site seen with fire burning

A small plane crashed attempting to make an emergency landing near Interstate 40 in Tennessee on Monday night, leaving five people dead, police said. (@KevinCoffeyCMA )

Nashville Fire Department spokesperson Kendra Loney said several witnesses observed the plane go down and that witnesses said the aircraft imploded on impact.

"That impact was catastrophic and did not leave any survivors," Loney said at the news briefing.

People near the wreckage

Emergency officials work the scene of a fatal small plane crash alongside Interstate 40 near mile marker 202, Monday, March 4, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Taped area around the wreckage

Emergency officials work the scene of a fatal small plane crash alongside Interstate 40 near mile marker 202, Monday, March 4, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

When fire crews arrived at the scene, there were heavy flames and smoke, Loney said. Firefighters extinguished the flames and preserved the evidence from the scene so the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board could investigate the crash.

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"We are saddened by the loss of souls that were on board, but we are proud of the work that everyone is doing to stabilize this incident and to make sure that there were no additional casualties that came from that," Loney said.

Metro Nashville Police Department cruiser

The Metro Nashville Police Department said five people were killed in the crash. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

The interstate was shut down Monday night, and though lanes are expected to open Tuesday morning, drivers should still expect slow traffic and delays in the area.

The investigation is being led by the NTSB, which will provide any updates going forward.