Nashville Airport Hammered by Tornado

 - March 3, 2020, 11:21 AM
Aerial footage from NewsChannel5's electronic newsgathering helicopter showed at least four hangars, one housing five business jets, at Nashville John C. Tune Airport were badly damaged by an overnight tornado that struck Tennessee. Nearly two dozen people across the state were killed by the tornado. (Photo: NewsChannel5 Nashville)

Nashville John C. Tune Airport (JWN), the largest dedicated GA gateway in Tennessee, was extensively damaged last night by a powerful tornado that cut a swath of destruction across four counties in the center of the state and claimed the lives of nearly two dozen people.

According to aerial photos and video of the scene, at least four hangars were completely devastated, including one showing five jets amidst the ruins, along with several smaller aircraft. More single-engine aircraft were shown strewn across the tarmac. A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which owns and manages JWN, told AIN this morning that the airport is closed as crews continue to assess the damage, but confirmed there was damage to the Contour FBO, the lone service provider on the field.

Attempts to reach the Contour FBO were unsuccessful, and calls to the company’s corporate headquarters were not returned before press time. Per an FAA Notam, the airport is closed until March 10, ostensibly to allow enough time to clean up debris.