Two Murfreesboro residents were among three Tennessee Air National Guard members killed Sept. 8 after a civilian aircraft crashed in McMinnville after a series of flights earlier in the day.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department identified the three victims as Jessica N. Wright, 37, and Scott Bumpus, 53, both of Murfreesboro, and Shelli D. Huether, 45, of Nolensville. All three served with the 118th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.

Wright, assistant director of operations for the 118th Intelligence Support Squadron, is survived by her husband, Brandon, and two sons.

Bumpus, chief of current operations for the 236th Intelligence Squadron, is survived by his wife, Tracy, and son and daughter-in-law.

Huether served as the director of operations for the 118th Intelligence Support Squadron.

“Words cannot begin to explain the shock, grief, pain and dismay we feel having lost three remarkable members of our Guard family,” said Col. Todd Wiles, commander of the 118th Wing. “All three were dedicated to the service of our nation. Their families are in our hearts and our prayers.”

The Federal Aviation Administration’s initial incident report listed the crash as an accident that occurred under unknown circumstances.

The Piper PA-28 airplane, which is registered to the Lebanon Flying Club, crashed near the Warren County Memorial Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board is helping to conduct the investigation.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the aviation community,” Lebanon Airport Manager Heather Bay said. “Regarding (Tuesday’s) tragic aircraft accident in McMinnville, I can confirm that the aircraft in question took off from the Lebanon Municipal Airport earlier in the day and flew to a couple of other area airfields before the crash.”

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