Loved ones say pilot killed in UPS plane crash was passionate about flying
Shanda Fanning. Source: Shelbyville Times-Gazette
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
FOX6 News has learned that one of the pilots killed in Wednesday's UPS plane crash was from Lynchburg, Tenn.
FOX6's sister station WAVE in Louisville, Ky. has shared that family members have identified the pilot as 37-year-old Shanda Fanning. Fanning lived in Lynchburg but grew up in Shelbyville, Tenn.
She was a graduate of Shelbyville High School and Middle Tennessee State University. The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reports that Fanning worked at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport from 1999-2002 and was enthusiastic about flying.
The general manager of the airport says Fanning lived and breathed aviation and earned her pilot's license as early as 1997.
Sister station WAFF spoke with the local sheriff in Lynchburg and he says the entire community is saddened by this news. He calls Fanning a refreshing spirit, down to earth and well-known in the community.
Fanning's friends also say that Fanning's husband Brett works at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. Her cousin is also the mayor of the town.