Memphis entrepreneur George Cates dies after plane crashes near Jackson, TN

News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis real estate investor and entrepreneur George Cates has died, Mayor Jim Strickland confirmed Monday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board told WREG it is very early in the investigation and they are working to gather medical records, radar data, weather information, air traffic control communications and airplane maintenance records. Part of that investigation will also be combing over the crash site and examining the aircraft.

A preliminary report on their findings is expected to be released in 12 days. It could take a total of 24 months for the final report to be completed.

Cates was the retired former chairman of Mid-America Apartment Communities. He was also a member of several local boards, including Overton Park Conservancy and Neighborhood Preservation, Inc.

“So saddened by this news. George Cates gave so much to Memphis, including creating a successful business and leading the efforts on the creation of @overtonpark Conservancy. My prayers are with his family,” Strickland said.

The Daily Memphian first reported that Cates was killed in a plane crash outside Jackson, Tennessee.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department would not confirm a victim’s name, but said that one person had been killed in the crash of a single-engine plane en route from Memphis to Asheville, North Carolina.

The sheriff’s department said they received a call at 9:32 a.m. from the fire department about a missing plane. The plane was found about an hour later near Mercer, Tennessee.

The Overton Park Conservancy tweeted that Cates had been a founding board member. “Words are inadequate to describe the grief our team is feeling at the loss of our founding board member, George Cates. We will be eternally grateful for his intelligence, humor, and passionate belief that Memphians deserved a world-class public space.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News

Watch Latest Videos

Chaplains arrive to support Collierville community after deadly mass shooting

Search underway for missing 2-year-old

Memphis gun expert stresses the importance of gun safety, training in the wake of deadly mass shooting

Collierville church service honors victims, first responders of Kroger mass shooting

1 charged with tampering with evidence

Mother, Child Die After Fall From Petco Park Third Level

More News