Searchers remained mystified Tuesday afternoon over the location of a single-engine plane that vanished at 7:35 p.m. Monday over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said Tuesday afternoon.
The missing single-engine airplane went down somewhere in the ridges southwest of Mount LeConte Lodge. Information on passengers has not been confirmed, but some media are reporting three people were aboard.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an aerial reconnaissance flight late Monday to try to locate the plane using the emergency locator transmitter, but were unable to find any transmissions from the aircraft.
Ground search teams were deployed Tuesday to Bearpen Hollow Branch and areas southwest of the Bullhead Trail to search for signs of the aircraft. The park is also coordinating with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) to arrange for a reconnaissance flight as soon as the weather clears.
The missing plane is reported to be a Cessna 182 fixed wing single-engine aircraft. The flight had originated out of Florida and was bound for the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. The AFRCC has reported that the plane was in conversations with air traffic controllers at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.