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Crews find missing plane, pilot killed while en route to Aiken

JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA/WJBF) - A new report reveals what was on the black boxes on the plane of an Aiken pilot.

59-Year-Old Gary Le Huttleson was on  his way to Aiken from Tennessee when his plane crashed.

The aircraft and his remains were found in Jackson County, North Carolina near Whiteside Mountain.

The Federal Aviation Administration records state he had reported a loss of altitude.

The Mooney M20C registered to Huttleston was manufactured in 1965.

The NTSB is investigating the incident.


After more than 12 hours of searching, rescue teams have located a plane that crashed in western North Carolina.

Officials say the pilot, who was the only person on board, died in the crash. 

At 12:45 pm on Friday, search teams located the wreckage site south of Whiteside Mountain in southern Jackson County.

A tragic ending to that search when officials confirmed the pilot, identified as Gary Huttleston of Aiken, did not survive. 

Huttleston was the only person on board.

According to officials, Huttleson had taken off from Knoxville around 5:45 pm on Thursday with a destination of Aiken. 

The single engine aircraft was lost from the radar around 6:14 pm. 

"We received a call that a plane was in trouble, maybe down. We got information from various agencies and they gave us some locations to look with the weather clearing up we were able to get the aircraft in the air and did locate the aircraft," says Jeff Stewart, Chief Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad.


Original article below:

Plane enroute to Aiken missing in North Carolina.

According to a press release issued by the Macon (North Carolina) Emergency Management Agency, the plane's last known location was in the Whiteside Mountain area near the Macon  and Jackson (North Carolina) county lines.

The release states, the aircraft was enroute from Knoxville, Tennessee to Aiken and did not arrive at its destination.  The plane is a single engine aircraft which is belived to have one passenger on board.

There are search crews in the area, but weather conditions are limiting the efforts. The press release states,   "The search area is remote and rugged but ground crews are following several leads."

NewsChannel 6 contacted Aiken Aviation about the missing plane, but the facility was unaware of a missing plane headed to their airport.  NewsChannel 6 will continue to follow this developing story and bring you updates when they become available.

Click here to read the full release from Macon County, NC.

 


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