Officials: Small plane crashes in Tennessee, no survivors

GATLINBURG, Tennessee. – Authorities say a small airplane with three people aboard has crashed in the mountains of east Tennessee, and no one survived.

A reconnaissance flight by the Tennessee Army National Guard found the plane in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

A publication of the National Park Service says that the three on the plane were 41-year-old David Starling, a 42-year-old Kim Smith and 8-year-old Hunter Starling, all of Bradford County, Florida.

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The Cessna 182 aircraft was on the way to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport on Monday when he disappeared.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a member of the family contacted the agency when the flight is not arriving as expected.

The victims will be recovered from the crash site on Wednesday, and their identity must be confirmed.

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