Pilot dead, missing plane from NC airport found crashed in Rowan County

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A plan reported missing after it took off from a Statesville airport Monday morning was found crashed in Rowan County hours later, according to officials.

Police say the plane was heading to the Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County when it took off from the Statesville Regional Airport around 9 a.m. At 8 p.m., officials confirmed the plane was found crashed on Cool Springs Road, just north of Woodleaf in Rowan County.

The pilot, officials said, was killed in the crash. That person’s name has not been released.

The owner authorized another person to fly the plane from the Statesville Regional Airport and watched the plane depart before driving to the destination.

According to police, the owner drove to Twin Lakes Airport – a 15-minute flight from Statesville – to pick up the pilot and bring him back to Statesville but the plane was not at the airport.

The owner had friends searching in the air and the Civil Air Patrol has been activated and is conducting a search as well.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be at the scene Tuesday morning to investigate.

According to the Rowan Fire Marshal, the pilot was a well-known member of the community.

No further information has been released.

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