The Knox County Sheriff's Office has released video from their helicopter that found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in the Cherokee National Forest.
Their officers repelled down to reach the crash site because of the mountainous terrain.
The pilot killed in a small plane that crashed in the Cherokee National Forest Sunday was a renowned stunt pilot that has been performing in air shows for decades.
Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said the pilot's name was Jim Maroney. He was the only person on board the plane, which was finally found Monday morning.
Fargo, North Dakota radio station KFGO-AM reported that Maroney was a popular air show pilot who was on his way to a show in Florida. Maroney lived in Wisconsin, but was from North Dakota and had served in the Air National Guard and had worked as a pilot for Delta.
According to his website, Maroney has been flying in airshows for 38 years. He primarily flew in a plane called the de Havilland Super Chipmunk, which investigators said he was flying when he died.
Milwaukee television station TMJ reported in a 2011 story that Maroney was one of the U.S. fighter pilots with orders to defend Washington, DC after the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon.
Update 10:40 am:
Officials confirmed they found the wreckage of a missing plane in Monroe County Monday morning.
(WBIR) Officials confirmed they found the wreckage of a missing plane in Monroe County Monday morning.
Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens said the pilot died in the crash. The FAA said the pilot was the only person on-board the Dehavilland DHC-1 aircraft, which went missing Sunday evening.
A Knox County helicopter found the plane in the Goat Creek area near Calderwood Dam on Monday. Bivens said moving the wreckage out of the area will be difficult because of the mountainous terrain. Officials said most of the plane remained intact on the side of the mountain. Authorities haven't determined what caused the plane to crash yesterday.
Knox County deputies repelled from a helicopter to the crash site this morning. The Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol has also sent pilots to help with the investigation.
The National Safety Transportation Board and FAA are also heading to Monroe County to investigate the crash.
The pilot was flying on visual flight rules and wasn't receiving air traffic control service, according to the FAA. The plane left French Lick, Indiana but never reached its intended destination of Canon, Ga.
Officials haven't released the pilot's identity.
Update 5:05 am:
(WBIR) Officials said a plane that went missing Sunday evening may have crashed in Monroe County.
A spokesperson with Blount County Sheriff's Office said Monday a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter narrowed in on the remote, Indian Boundary Lake area during the search for the aircraft. Monroe County Sheriff's Office is now taking over the search and will have to hike into the area to look for the plane.
The FAA said there was only a pilot on-board the Dehavilland DHC-1 aircraft. The pilot was flying on visual flight rules and wasn't receiving air traffic control service. The plane left French Lick, Indiana but never reached its intended destination of Canon, Ga.
(WBIR) The FAA issued an alert Sunday evening for an aircraft with 1-person on-board that may be missing south of Knoxville in an area near Calderwood Lake.
According to the FAA, the flight left French Lick, Indiana, Sunday evening but didn't reach its intended destination of Canon, GA. The Blount County Sheriff's Office is conducting a land and air search in the area.
The FAA said the alert is for a Dehavilland DHC-1 aircraft that was flying on Visual Flight Rules and not receiving air traffic control service.