Search underway for missing plane heading from Tennessee to South Carolina

Macon County Emergency Management agency reported that crews are searching for a plane that took off from Knoxville, Tennessee, but never reached its destination in Aiken, South Carolina.

Macon County 911 communications supervisor Todd Seagle confirmed the plane’s tail number is N6075Q. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s online database the Mooney M20C is registered to Gary Huttleston of Aiken, SC.

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The single-engine plane left Island Home airport Thursday just before 5:30 p.m. and was expected to arrive in Aiken around 7 p.m. but never made it there. Officials said they believe there was one passenger on board.

The last known location of the plane is in the Whiteside Mountain area. Emergency Management Crews in Macon County were notified when air traffic controllers in Atlanta lost contact with the aircraft.

Search efforts are difficult due to bad weather conditions in the area. Crews are confined to searching via ground only. The search area includes rough terrain and wilderness.