Tenn. pilot killed in plane crash in SW Virginia

CLINTWOOD, Va. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed in southwest Virginia.

State Police First Sgt. P.L. Cheek said the body of 57-year-old Victor Owens Jr. of Telford, Tenn., was found at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Pine Mountain outside Clintwood near Virginia-Kentucky border. He was the only person on the Mooney M20-D.

A Civil Air Patrol crew spotted the wreckage during an aerial search. Cheek says it took searchers an hour to reach the site because of the terrain is accessible only on foot or with all-terrain vehicles.

Cheek said Monday that Owens was en route from Elizabethon, Tenn., to Ashland, Ky., when air traffic controllers lost contact with him Friday.

Federal investigators were expected to arrive at the site Monday afternoon.


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