By Pamela Mirabella
Tragedy struck early Friday morning when a local doctor died in a plane crash while attempting to make an emergency landing in Jackson, according to Madison County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Tom Mapes.
Bryan Jackson, of Bartlett, a surgeon at Memphis Surgical Specialists, reportedly died on impact when the single-engine six-passenger plane he was piloting, experienced a mechanical malfunction around 2:30 a.m. Mapes said the doctor crashed in a wooded area about a mile from the McKeller Sipes Airport in Jackson.
Jackson had departed Dickson County Municipal Airport a few minutes earlier and was heading to Charles W. Baker Airport located at 3870 Fite Road in Millington when the accident occurred. He was the only one on board.
The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation.