Updated Tuesday, March 5, 2024-07:28

Several people aboard a single-engine small plane died Monday when the aircraft crashed near an interstate highway in




, authorities report.

The pilot made an emergency call to John C. Tune Airport around 7:40 p.m. in which he reported engine problems and was cleared to make an emergency landing, according to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. , Don Aaron.

Shortly after, the pilot radioed that the plane would not arrive at the airport, he added.

The plane

burst into flames as it crashed into a grassy median

off Interstate 40 and behind a Costco on the city's west side.

The plane crashed about 3 miles south of the general aviation airport.

"It looks like everyone on board is dead," Aaron said.

The exact number of victims is not known.

Authorities are also working to determine where the plane came from.

Nashville Fire Department spokeswoman Kendra Loney said there were no injuries to drivers traveling on the interstate and authorities said no vehicles or buildings on the ground were damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the facts.