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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. – A Tennessee man piloting a single-engine plane died Tuesday after he crashed 70 miles west of Knoxville, authorities said.

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According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Vasile Ghelan, 35, of Knoxville, was found dead at the crash scene in the Hinch Mountain area of the county, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

The 1979 Grumman American AA-5A took off from Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport at 7:39 a.m. EDT, according to FlightAware, an aircraft tracking website. It was a private plane, WBIR reported.

Federal Aviation Administration records show Ghelan was certified as a student pilot and was not allowed to carry passengers, the News-Sentinel reported. The airplane was registered to another man, the newspaper reported.

Searchers ultimately found the wreckage about 18 miles southwest of Rockwood Municipal Airport, WJHL reported.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said FAA officials will investigate the cause of the crash.

“It was determined that no known flight plan was filed and the reason of the crash is unknown at this time,” the release stated.