A YouTube aviation star and her father have been identified as the victims of a single-engine plane crash on Thursday.
Jenny Blalock, 45 and her 78-year-old father James Blalock were killed when Jenny’s Beechcraft 35 crashed by Diana Ridge Road road near Pulaski in Tennessee around 11:15am local time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The tragedy struck just days after Blalock, who ran a popular YouTube account called TNFlygirl, posted a haunting video of her flying with her father.
At one point Jenny can be seen reading instructions from a piece of paper while she trials a new Cherokee 180 plane for a friend.
The pair’s final flight left from Knoxville Downtown Island Airport about an hour and 15 minutes before the crash, according to data from Flight Aware.
Jenny Blalock, 45 (right) and her 78-year-old father James Blalock (left) were killed when Jenny’s Beechcraft 35 crashed
A YouTube aviation star and her father have been identified as the victims of a single-engine plane crash on Thursday
Blalock ran a popular YouTube account called TNFlygirl with more than 15,000 followers
Bill Myers, director of the Giles County Office of Emergency Management, said two bodies were found outside of the plane, which crashed in a ‘remote’ area that was difficult for crews to reach, WKRN reported.
The Blalocks were the only occupants on board the plane at the time of the crash, authorities confirmed.
A fire consumed the plane and surrounding area but was quickly extinguished by emergency responders.
Jenny, a business owner, described herself as a ‘private pilot, flying for fun in a Beechcraft debonair’ on her YouTube account.
‘Private pilots have a unique perspective on aviation that can be informative and entertaining’ she wrote on the channel which has more than 15,000 followers.
On her site she describes her father as having ‘years of flying experience.’
Jenny flew a single-engine Beechcraft 35, a passion she recorded on her YouTube account
As well as an aviator Jenny owned two businesses, Plantation Reclaimed Inc and Luxe Homes and Design
Several videos on the site appear to show Jenny flying with her father in the aircraft’s passenger seat.
In one, entitled ‘Pilot Training With My Dad’, posted three weeks ago the pair soar through the skies together discussing the technicalities.
‘I love flying with my dad. I wanted to fly the same or similar mock check ride “routine” that is flown in my hometown’ Jenny wrote in the videos caption.
‘I brought my dad along to help me work out the avionics kinks, and way points.’
Many friends and well-wishers took to social media to share their grief at the pair’s passing.
‘I’ll miss seeing you come into my job and our talks rest in peace’ one user wrote.
‘R.I.P Jenny. You are such an inspiration to young women and following their passions’ another posted on her profile.
A third added: ‘RIP Jenny and James. You both will be missed by many.’
It is not yet clear who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.
An investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is ongoing.