Officials: Pilot killed in North Carolina plane crash

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Officials say the pilot of single-engine plane that left a Knoxville airport Thursday died in a crash. The plane had been headed to South Carolina, but never made it there.

WRDW reported that the pilot, Gary Huttleston, has died in a crash. According to a release from the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, there were no other passengers.

Recovery operations are underway with an investigation into the cause.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's online database the Mooney M20C was registered to Huttleston.

The single-engine plane left Island Home airport Thursday just before 5:30 p.m. and was expected to arrive in Aiken, South Carolina around 7 p.m. but never made it there.

Huttleston's plane crashed near Cashiers, NC. search crews from Macon and Jackson Counties had been actively searching the area around Whiteside Mountain, in North Carolina, since 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

The Macon County Emergency Management Agency said the airforce was assisting in the search.