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Pilot killed, with plane missing since takeoff found crashed, NC cops say

The Statesville Police Department in North Carolina said a plane that took off this morning never reached its destination. The plane in this photo is not the plane that crashed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
The Statesville Police Department in North Carolina said a plane that took off this morning never reached its destination. The plane in this photo is not the plane that crashed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) AP

A search in North Carolina for a missing plane ended Monday when it was discovered it had crashed and the pilot was killed, WSOC reported.

The Statesville Regional Airport manager said the wreckage was found in Rowan County, according to the TV station.

The pilot flying the plane took off from Statesville Regional Airport around 9 a.m., according to a statement from police that was shared by SVL Free News.

The plane’s intended destination was Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County, but it never arrived, WSOC reported.

The pilot had been given permission from the owner of the plane, who was not on board, to make the 15-minute flight, according to WGHP.

After watching the plane take off, the owner drove to the Davie County airport “to pick up the pilot and bring him back to Statesville,” police said in the statement shared by SVL Free News. But the plane was not there, police said.

The owner started a search for the missing plane, and received help from the Civil Air Patrol, WGHP reported.

Police said the plane was not considered stolen, per the Statesville Record & Landmark.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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