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David Starling, his son, Hunter Starling, and girlfriend, Kim Smith, were reported missing Monday on a plane traveling from Jacksonville, Fla., to the Gatlinburg- Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevier County. Data recovery tools iphone The plane wreckage was found Tuesday afternoon. A database driver is software that lets the There were no survivors on board. 7 data recovery suite key (Photo: Courtesy Samantha Hodges.)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Data recovery linux — The single-engine plane that crashed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week slammed into a mountainside at 5,400 feet as the pilot descended to land at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport, according to a preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash Monday night killed everyone on board — pilot David Starling, 41, of Lawtey, Fla.; his son Hunter, 8; and Starling’s girlfriend, Kim Smith, 42. Database modeling tools The plane went down about 15 miles southeast of the airport.

The plane lost contact with radar and communications with the airport tower at 5 p.m. G info database search ET, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss. Database administrator salary He said the plane “impacted terrain” at 5,400 feet.

“I suspect he was trying to maintain visual contact with the ground, which led him to fly lower and lower, and eventually he ran into the ledge line,” Booth said.


Database triggers “He was on a mission and thought he could make it … but mountains are very unforgiving.”

“Without an instrument rating, and not being on a flight plan and in weather that the national park describes as foggy and rainy, it’s not a good combination,” Booth said.

The plane, a Cessna 182, took off from a Jacksonville, Fla.-area airport, according to Kathleen Bergen, a FAA spokeswoman. Data recovery recuva Starling was in communication with air traffic controllers at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville before the crash, according to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Starling, his son and girlfriend were traveling to the Gatlinburg area for a vacation with members of Smith’s family who already were there, including her mother and sister, according to Smith’s cousin Samantha Hodges of Jasper, Fla.

Hunter’s mother, Tabitha Ritz Starling, called the news devastating. Data recovery texas She said she began praying for her son, whom she called her “greatest gift ever,” and hoping to be a mother three years before he was born.

Tabitha Ritz Starling and her son, Hunter Starling, who died Monday afternoon in a single-engine plane crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Database resume (Photo: Courtesy Tabitha Ritz Starling)

“I was so excited to be a mother and prayed for a little boy!” she wrote in a Facebook message. Data recovery external hard drive mac “The day he was born was the best day of my life and it was love at first sight and he owned my heart from that day forward. Database management systems He is the sweetest, funniest little man and never met a stranger! My whole world is gone now and (I) do not know how to go on without him! I love my little man more than anything in the world.”

A park news release said the plane was found just before 4:45 p.m. 7 data recovery review Tuesday on a ridge in the park, between Cole Creek and Bearpen Hollow Branch. Mode s database A reconnaissance flight by the Tennessee Army National Guard located the plane after spotting the wreckage along its last known flight path. Windows 8 data recovery Paramedics on board the Blackhawk helicopter were lowered to the crash site and confirmed there were no survivors.

A recovery crew removed the bodies of the three crash victims from the site about 5 p.m. Java 8 database Wednesday with help from a Guard helicopter, according to the park. Database tools The effort took most of the day.

The plane was “positioned on a very steep mountainside and could be at risk of sliding farther down into the drainage,” said Steve Kloster, chief ranger for the park. “These search-and-rescue personnel specialize in high-angle rescues and have the best knowledge in making sure we conduct our operations in the safest manner possible.”

Weiss said an NTSB investigator will be on scene for three to five days, looking at the wreckage and crash patterns while seeking witness reports.

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