Newspaper reports from Virginia indicate that a single-engine Cessna airplane crashed in a wooded area in Carroll County on the Virginia border with North Carolina Monday.
The plane was travelling from Twin County Airport in Hillsville, Virginia, heading to Burlington-Alamance Airport in Burlington, according to reports from Virginia.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: According to news reports in Virginia, the pilot has been identified as Caleb A. Glick, 74, of Hillsville, Virginia, whom airport authorities there said was an experienced pilot “with a lifetime of experience and knowledge”; he also offered flying lessons.
According to one TV report, family members posting about Glick on social media said he got caught in a storm on his way back home. They said they believe his plane went down near Groundhog Mountain, because that is the area where his cell phone was pinging.
Dan Danieley, the executive director of the Burlington-Alamance Airport Authority told The Alamance News that local search crews were deployed near the Burlington airport Monday night searching in case the plane had come down near the Burlington airport, but saw no evidence of any crash.
Then Tuesday morning, at about 11:35 according to Virginia State Police, search crews located the missing aircraft in a wooded area in Carroll County, Virginia; recovery efforts had begun near the Carroll County and Patrick County line Monday evening, and resumed by air and on the ground Tuesday morning at daybreak, according to the Virginia State Police.
“State police responded to the 600 block of Little Bit Road near Hillsville and confirmed the wreckage is that of the missing aircraft,” Virginia State Police officials said in a press release on Tuesday. “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.”