Dead pilot and crashed plane foundJune 2nd, 2009 - 11:22 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
The body of a man and a crashed aircraft missing since Friday have been found by search and rescue volunteers at a remote area on the Virginia side of the Kentucky-Virginia border in Dickenson County.
The plane, a single engine M20D Mooney, took off from Elizabethton Municipal Airport on Friday en route to Ashland, Ky., but never arrived. A search was commenced on Saturday with more volunteers joining the search on Sunday.
The wreckage was first spotted from the air on Sunday afternoon, about an hour and a half before ground crews were able to get to the scene of the crash.
The identity of the pilot, the only occupant, could not be confirmed, but records show the aircraft is registered to Victor Owens Jr. of 1725 Conklin Road in Telford, Tenn.
Matt Slemp, captain of the Sandy Ridge Rescue Squad and coordinator for Dickenson County Search & Rescue said the search location had a 60 percent grade and is “a treacherous area.”
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker of the Jamaica, N.Y., regional office said an accident investigation team was expected to be at the site and begin its probe into the crash today.
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