HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A woman is dead and her husband injured after a plane crashed in in Scott County.
Erin Patton, an Ohio woman, posted on Facebook that her parents, Vicki and David Maxwell, and their dog were flying from Florida to Ohio on Tuesday when their plane disappeared.
The Scott County Sheriff's Department says the Maxwell's plane was found just south of Huntsville around 8 a.m. after an overnight search. Officials say the Vicki was killed in the crash. David and their dog survived.
David Maxwell, who was piloting the plane, was airlifted to UT Medical Center. His condition is critical.
Scott County sheriff's officials said a Civil Air Patrol plane searching the area overnight was able to pick up a signal from the missing plane, but couldn't pinpoint the location.
"We knew from radar forensics approximately where the aircraft would have been," said Dent Young with Civil Air Patrol. "We centered our search on that, spent about two hours doing that."
Young says because it was so dark ground crews were not able to be sent out.
The search by ground began around 7:00 am and the search by air began around 8:30 am.
"While they were beginning their search we were notified that a USDA helicopter which had been in the area on another mission had been diverted to assist us in the search and they had located the air craft," said Young.
Temperatures in Scott County dropped to 21 degrees overnight according to the National Weather Service.
According to the FAA, the Beechcraft Debonair plane left Venice Municipal Airport in Florida on Tuesday morning. When the plane didn't land at its destination in Urbana, Ohio, 800 miles away, authorities began their search.
Young says the plane did not have a flight plan.
"This pilot was flying under what we call VFR, visual flight rules, and while not required to file a flight plan, if the pilot had filed a flight plan before they took off from Florida, this rescue effort, and it would have been a rescue effort, would have started about two hours after the air craft was over due to land"
Instead the search effort didn't start until eight hours after the probable landing time.
The NTSB and FAA will arrive on the scene Friday to begin the investigation into what caused the crash. The investigation could take months.
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