Charles Woodson, a Seymour resident and pilot, was found dead Friday morning, March 28, amid the remains of his aircraft near Clingmans Dome by park Ranger Jeff Srebernak during a ground search for the missing pilot.
Woodson may have been having electrical trouble with his aircraft, according to a report citing the Civil Air Patrol. His flight plan slated a trip on Thursday March 27, from Columbia, SC, to Pickens, SC, then on to Knoxville. Park Rangers were notified Thursday evening by the FAA that Woodson’s flight was overdue at McGhee Tyson airport.
Woodson, 42, was piloting a Cessna 172 “Skyhawk,” a single-engine, 4-seater that is considered generally forgiving to pilots and is very popular for sightseeing from the air, due to its high-wing design.
The hunt for Woodson began at about 1 a.m. Friday morning, with members of the park service and the Civil Air Patrol conducting the ground search using hand-held radio receivers designed to pinpoint the emergency locator transmitter signals coming from the downed plane. About 35 members of the park service and CAP were involved with the ground search in the eight hours leading up to the discovery of the crashed aircraft.

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