At approximately 11:35 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 28), search crews located the missing aircraft in a wooded area in Carroll County. State police responded to the 600 block of Little Bit Rd. near Hillsville and confirmed the wreckage is that of the missing aircraft. The pilot, and the plane’s only occupant, was discovered deceased in the wreckage. State police is working to notify the individual’s next of kin.
The FAA and the NTSB have both been notified. The crash remains under investigation.
Search efforts resumed early Tuesday (Feb. 28) by Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia State Police personnel for the aircraft, which was overdue for arrival at the Burlington Alamance Regional Aircraft in North Carolina. The privately-owned Cessna 150 plane departed the Hillsville-Twin County Airport in Virginia Monday (Feb. 27) afternoon. Search efforts began near the Carroll County and Patrick County line Monday evening, and resumed by air and on the ground Tuesday morning at daybreak.