A SMALL plane carrying Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara, her husband, and five members of their church crashed into a lake.

At least one person died in the crash in Smyrna, Tennessee, on Saturday morning, according to reports, though that person has not yet been identified.



It's unclear if Shamblin Lara, who founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet, was injured in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport before crashing into Percy Priest Lame.

It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.


Shamblin Lara's daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, reportedly sent out a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.

She said that the plane had to go down "for a controlled, quick landing," according to the outlet.

Hannah also said that the Laras were on the plane with other church leaders: David and Jennifer Martin, Jonathan and Jessica Walters and Elizabeth Hannah's husband, Brandon.

The identities of those on board have not yet been confirmed.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue confirmed that multiple agencies responded to the crash site around 11am on Saturday.

"Multiple agencies on scene of a small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11:00 a.m. FAA & NTSB en route," the square wrote in a tweet.

"Dive Teams determining extent of crash site, examining the debris field, & conducting search & rescue. Boaters and private aircraft urged to stay clear of area."

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