Tragic Plane Crash Kills 4 Church Leaders, Pastor Survives

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The pastor of a Tennessee church was the lone survivor after a plane crash Tuesday killed four of his fellow church leaders, leaving parishioners and loved ones in shock.

Harvest Church in Germantown, Tennessee, released a statement Tuesday expressing sorrow amid the monumental loss and noted the congregation is "without the proper words" to articulate its grief.

"We ask for your prayers and request the families involved are given proper space to grieve," the statement read.

Lead Pastor Dr. Kennon Vaughan, the lone survivor, is in a Texas hospital in stable condition after the plane went down Tuesday around 11 a.m. near Yoakum, Texas.

Church members Tyler Patterson and Tyler Springer were killed, as were Executive Pastor Bill Garner and church elder Steve Tucker, WMC-TV reported.

Tucker, who was piloting, reportedly owned the plane; further details on the exact issue leading to the crash are currently unknown.

Parishioners reportedly gathered Tuesday night at Harvest Church to mourn the immeasurable losses.

On Wednesday morning, the church updated the public on Vaughan's status, releasing some encouraging developments.

2023CMPrintcoverDespite requiring surgery Tuesday night to treat significant injuries, the preacher is breathing on his own and is communicating—two miraculous signs unfolding just one day after the deadly incident.

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