A South Carolina man is dead after his single-engine plane crashed in the mountains of North Carolina while en route from Knoxville.

Macon County Emergency Management says Gary Huttleston, of Aiken, South Carolina, took off from Island Home Downtown Airport in Knoxville around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, headed back for Aiken.

Communication was lost with the plane in the Whiteside Mountain area near the Macon and Jackson County lines around 6:15 p.m. and the plane never arrived in Aiken.

Search crews located the wreckage of the plane around 12:45 p.m. in a very rugged area of Jackson County near Whiteside Mountain. Officials say Huttleston did not survive. He was the only person on board.

Officials will now work to determine the cause of the crash.