A Tennessee plane crash in the state’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday left three people dead.
Searchers recovered three dead bodies from the scene of the plane crash on Wednesday, according to the National Park Service, the United Press International noted.
The Cessna 182 aircraft reportedly left from Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday and crashed as it approached Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport, it’s intended destination. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane Monday around 4 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a family member contacted them Tuesday afternoon after the plane’s whereabouts became unknown, KOCO Oklahoma City reported.
A reconnaissance flight by the Tennessee Army National Guard found the plane early Tuesday evening, and there were no survivors, according to the National Park Service.
KOCO reported that the three people found in the crash were the only one’s aboard the plane.
The National Park Service identified them as 42-year-old Kim Smith, of High Springs, Florida.; her 41-year-old boyfriend, David Starling; and Starling’s 8-year-old son, Hunter Starling, USA Today noted.
Samantha Hodges, of Jasper, Florida., Smith’s second cousin, said Tuesday afternoon that the family had not heard from them, USA Today reported.
Hodges said the three were traveling to the Gatlinburg area for vacation with members of Smith’s family who had already gotten there.
“They were waiting on them, but they never landed,” Hodges said, according to USA Today.
The National Park Service received their first report about the missing plane at about 7:35 p.m. Monday, and it was suspected that the plane had maybe crashed in the central area of the park.
There has yet to be details released pertaining to the cause of the crash, but a statement released Tuesday said the National Transportation Safety Board will be leading an investigation into the matter.
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