Pilot killed in Etowah County plane crash

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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a plane that went missing earlier this week was located Saturday.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office said the body of pilot William Elliot McClain, 76, of Acworth Georgia, was found at the crash site.

The plane was located in the 200-block of Old Baker Gap Road in the Aurora area and was damaged, but intact.

Earlier in the week, Etowah County EMA said the initial call of the missing plane came in around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. His body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science’s for autopsy then returned home to Georgia.

McClain built the Zenith CH750 aircraft over the past few years and was certified to fly, his brother Gary McClain told the authorities. Gary said his brother planned to fly to Arkansas to celebrate their birthdays on September 15.

Authorities said McClain’s plan was test flight the aircraft from Georgia to Tupelo, MS, refuel and return to Georgia the day it went missing. Instead, the sheriff’s office said the plane circled the airport in Tupelo and returned back toward Georgia.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office thanks all Volunteer Fire Departments, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Gadsden-Etowah EMA, ALEA, Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office, Daphne Search and Rescue, Boaz Police and Fire, the Community and Aurora Baptist Church for assisting in the search.

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