WATERLOO, Ala. — Authorities say a small airplane crashed in a wooded area of northwest Alabama, killing the pilot.
News outlets report that an aircraft traveling from Dallas to Knoxville, Tennessee, didn’t show up on time. That prompted officials to use a signal to locate the cellphone of the pilot, who was the only person aboard.
A more than two-hour search that began late Wednesday located wreckage near a wildlife management area in extreme northwest Alabama.
Authorities identify the pilot as 69-year-old Jerel Zarestky of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The pilot was reportedly in the last leg of a solo flight across the country when the plane went down.
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