Preliminary report released in Cherokee Forest plane crash

VONORE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Preliminary information from the NTSB shows no evidence of fire in the crash.

The engine controls were found in the "full forward" positions and all major structural components were found within the area of the main wreckage.

The right wing was severed from the aircraft because of the impact.

The report also states the pilot was found in the cockpit and was wearing parachute, however it was not deployed.

The wreckage was removed Monday and will be retained for examination at a later date.

On March 23, 2014, Jim Maroney, a well known stunt pilot was flying his Dehavilland DHC-1, to Canon, Georgia when it crashed in the Cherokee Forest. No flight plan was ever filed.

The flight originated from French Lick Municipal Airport , French Lick, Indiana, and was destined for Franklin County Airport , Canon, Georgia.

When the pilot did not arrive at his destination, a Federal Aviation Administration Alert Notice was issued. The wreckage was located by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Aviation Unit, on March 24, 2014.

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