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NTSB: Pilot wearing parachute when plane from French Lick crashed in TN

VONORE, TN (WAVE) - The pilot of a plane that crashed in Monroe County, Tennessee in March after taking off from French Lick Municipal Airport in Indiana was wearing a parachute when he was found dead inside the wreckage, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB investigators said the parachute had not been deployed when the Dehavilland DHC-1, N540FM the pilot was flying crashed into trees and terrain in Cherokee National Forest March 23. The pilot, identified by the Monroe County sheriff as Jim Maroney, and the wreckage were found the following day. There was no sign the plane had caught on fire.

According to the NTSB report, Maroney was on a personal flight to Canon, Georgia, and no flight plan was filed.

When Maroney failed to arrive at his destination, a Federal Aviation Administration Alert Notice was issued. The wreckage was found on the side of a mountainous slope about 2,222 feet above sea level, the NTSB reported. There were no know witnesses to the crash.

The report says tree damage within the debris path was indicative of a near-level aircraft altitude at impact, and the wreckage was found upright. The engine controls were found in the "full forward" positions. The right wing was severed from impact forces.

The NTSB said weather conditions around the time of the crash included scattered clouds.

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