JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (WFXG) - Local affiliate WBIR is reporting that officials have confirmed that only one person was on board of the missing plane.
Authorities identified him as Gary Huttleson of Aiken, S.C. who was the owner of the Mooney MO20C.
The plane that departed from Knoxville Downtown Airport in Tennessee at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday was reported by the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as missing.
The FAA issued a statement stating that, “The FAA issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) last night advising search and rescue authorities about a missing aircraft. The Mooney MO20C departed from Knoxville Downtown Airport in Tennessee at about 5:30 p.m., yesterday. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the flight at about 6:20 p.m. when it was about 17 miles south of Macon County Airport in Franklin, NC. We do not know the number of people aboard.”
Officials are still investigating what may have caused the crash as recovery operations are ongoing.