Official: 1 body found in western NC plane crash

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Posted: May 25, 2011 10:29 PM
Official: 1 body found in western NC plane crash

Authorities say one body has been found after a twin-engine plane en route from Georgia to Kentucky crashed in mountainous western North Carolina.

Cherokee County spokesman Doug Clement said a sheriff's department helicopter spotted the wreckage of the Beech Baron 58 aircraft Wednesday. Searchers on the ground located the body. Clement said officials still don't know how many people were on the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen confirmed that a plane went down about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near the small community of Unaka, about 125 miles west of Asheville and near the state line with Tennessee. Bergen said the plane had left a suburban Atlanta airport earlier in the day, bound for Hazard, Ky.

The plane is registered to Aero Resources Corp. of Hazard.