Gwen Shablin Lara, Six Others Die as Plane Crashes Into Percy Priest Lake

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A small plane carrying Gwen Shablin Lara, her husband and five other members of the Brentwood Remnant Fellowship Church crashed into lake in Tennessee. While fatalities have been reported details of the mishap haven't emerged.

However, a Nashville news channel reported that the controversial diet guru-turned church founder is feared dead.

The Cessna C501 crashed into the Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna shortly after it took off from Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport around 11 am.

Cessna aircraft
Cessna aircraft Wikimedia Commons

According to Shamblin Lara's daughter Elizabeth Hannah, the plane had to go down for a 'controlled, quick landing'.

Tennessee's News Channel 5 reported that the authorities said during a 9 pm briefing that all on board are presumed dead. The authorities also sighted debris field near the last sighting of the Cessna, the report said.

Separately, the Daily Beast also reported that investigators believed all seven passengers had perished. The cause of the Cessna crash is not ascertained.

Percy Priest Lake
Percy Priest Lake Wikimedia Commons

JL&GL Productions LP, a partnership by Shamblin's Brentwood-based church and her husband Joe Lara is the registered owner of the Cessna C501.

There were seven people on board the aircraft. The passengers included Remnant leaders David and Jennifer Martin, Jonathan and Jessica Walters and Elizabeth Hannah's husband, Brandon, apart from Shamblin.

Shamblin is well-known as the founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church, besides being a best-selling author of The Weigh Down Workshop.

"My brother and I are asking for immediate prayers right now, as we have just gotten word that Gwen and Joe Lara's plane had to go down," Shamblin's daughter Elizabeth Hannah said in a message for the members of the church.