Actor Joe Lara among 7 Presumed Dead in Business Jet Crash

By Archana Das

In the morning at around 11 am on Saturday, a small business jet crashed shortly after taking off from the Smyrna, Tennessee airport for Palm Beach, Florida. All seven passengers, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his wife Gwen Shamblin Lara,  after the jet crashed in a lake near the US city of Nashville, confirmed by Rutherford County Fire & Rescue.

The emergency personnel remove debris from a plane crash in Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tenn.

The jet plane went down into Percy Priest Lake, about 19 kilometers south of Nashville. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed seven people had aboard the plane, according to a CNN report.

By Saturday night, operations had switched from search and rescue to recovery efforts, RCFR incident commander Captain Joshua Sanders told in a press conference.

He said, ‘we are no longer in an attempt to look for live victims at this point, so we are now recovering as much as we can from the crash site.’[*sic]

On Sunday afternoon, RCFR said on Facebook that his team had found ‘several components of the aircraft as well as human remains’ in a debris field about half a mile wide.

The operations would continue until dark and resume Monday morning, he wrote. In the meanwhile, Joe Lara played Tarzan in the 1989 television movie called ‘Tarzan in Manhattan’. He later worked in the television series called ‘Tarzan: The Epic Adventures,’ which ran from 1996 to 1997.

In 2018, Joe married Gwen Shamblin Lara, who was a leader of a Christian weight-loss group called Weigh Down Ministries. Gwen founded the group in 1986, and then she founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood, Tennessee the year 1999.