NTSB investigating what happened to Aiken pilot killed in crash

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
(News 12 at 11)

MACON COUNTY, N.C. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Family and friends say Gary Huttleson worked in Knoxville, Tennessee about 4 days a week. He was on his way back home to Aiken, when his plane crashed. Today, NTSB is still searching for clues.

News 12 mapped out the route the plane was supposed to take from Knoxville to Aiken Region Airport. The green on the route
shows the recorded data but the white appears when flight officials lost contact with the plane somewhere in the North Carolina mountains.

New video of the mountains on Saturday show just how dense and remote the area is. NTSB officials tell us that's where one of their investigators headed to document what could have happened.

"The phase right now is called the on-scene phase of the investigation." Spokesman Peter Knudson continued, "The investigator is going to be focused on documenting perishable evidence."

In a phone interview Knudson explained they're working on finding out if anyone witnessed the crash, they're talking to FAA about air traffic control communications, looking at radar and the weather. Adding that plane maintenance history and the pilot's health is important too. Knudson says each of these factors are significant because rarely is there a single cause of an accident.