Who is Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah?
Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah is best known for the daughter of Gwen Shamblin Lara, an American author and founder of the Christian diet program The Weigh Down Workshop and founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church. The most distinctive aspect of her writing is its combination of weight loss programs with Christianity.
On May 29, 2021, Gwen was killed alongside six other church leaders, including her husband Joe Lara and son-in-law Brandon Hannah, when N66BK, her 1982 Cessna Citation 501 private jet, bound for Palm Beach, Florida, crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee shortly after takeoff.
Gwen Shamblin’s Lara’s children
Gwen Shamblin Lara was married to David Shamblin, with whom she had two children, Michael Shamblin and Elizabeth Hannah. The two got married in 1978 and they divorced in 2018. She married Joe Lara in 2018. She also has seven grandchildren. Elizabeth Hannah, Lara’s daughter sent a private message to the families of members who were on the plane in which she explained that the Cessna “had to go down for a controlled, quick landing.”
Search efforts continued to try to rescue the passengers with dive teams and recovery crews until late Saturday night May 29th. Elizabeth Hannah requested the church parishioners, “My brother and I are asking for immediate prayers right now. We have just gotten word that Gwen and Joe Lara’s plane had to go down for a controlled, quick landing.” She added, “More information to come, but be in prayer and be at peace. GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”
HOW DID GWEN DIE?
The author was one of seven people killed in a plane crash in May of 2021.
A Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee, after taking off from a nearby airport about 11 am on May 29.
“Our efforts have transitioned from a rescue effort to that of a recovery effort. … We are no longer … looking for live victims at this point,” said Rutherford County Fire Rescue Captain Joshua Sanders.
The seven killed were Brandon Hannah, Gwen and Joe Lara, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters and Jonathan Walters.
Capt. Joshua Sanders of Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department said in a news conference that crews arrived at 11 a.m. in the morning on May 29. “Our efforts have transitioned from a rescue effort to a recovery effort at this time… we know there were seven personnel on the aircraft at the time of departure…We are no longer looking for live victims at this point.”
UPDATE: Authorities are searching an area of Percy Priest Lake that was the last sighting a plane owned by Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara. It is NOT known if Lara or her husband Joe were on board. 1/x https://t.co/59jSaE8oFA
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) May 29, 2021
He said notification of next of kin was ongoing. “We have conducted dive operations,” he said. Crews worked through the night to identify remains from the aircraft “and other evidence to assist the NTSB in their investigation.”
Sanders said he did not know how many flight hours the pilot had. The crash site “was in the water,” he said.
The public information officer for Rutherford County described a massive law enforcement response to the crash scene.
NEW: ATC recording reveals cockpit alarm just before jet crashed into Percy Priest Lake, plummeting from 2,900 feet in just seconds. pic.twitter.com/fNy6Tr9Ktl
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) May 30, 2021
She described the plane as a “small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning (May 29, 2021).” Boaters were asked to stay out of the way of public safety boats.
A video on Shamblin Lara’s website called “Life With Gwen & Joe” chronicled their religious beliefs and love for each other and showed them getting into small planes.