FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The Fayette County pilot who was last seen at the Fayette County Airport around 7 p.m. on Monday was found dead inside his plane by someone who lives near the airport. The plane crashed two miles away in a wooded area.
According to the sheriff's office, the pilot told his wife he was going to work on his plane and get fuel in Covington.
The man's truck was found at the airport, but his plane was gone.
The pilot had nine years of experience and the plane was 50 years old. It had recently been inspected.
"The pilot was going to take a test flight," said Deputy Ray Garcia, Fayette County Sheriff's Office. "Make a circle around the airport and come back ... After we began searching this morning, we did have some neighbors in the area who once they found out we were looking for a missing plane and told us they heard some noises last night that sounded like possibly a crash."
Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the fatal crash.
"The plane was broken up pretty bad," Garcia said. "When you have a small airplane like that, it's pretty devastating."
The pilot's name has not been released.