Man Killed In Rowan County Plane Crash Identified As Former AirCare Pilot

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According to a Facebook post by AirCare Wake Forest Baptist Health, the pilot killed in Monday’s crash has been identified as Guy Maher.

Maher is described as a “former long-time AirCare pilot.” Officials say he lived about a mile from where the crash occurred.

Deborah Horne, Rowan County Chief Fire Investigator, says Maher was a professional pilot who saved countless lives throughout his career as an AirCare pilot. Horne says many of the firefighters who responded to the crash site knew Maher and attended church with him.

Maher also played the organ for South River United Methodist Church in Woodleaf.

The FAA and NTSB are still investigating what led to the crash. Officials say the plane has been moved to a secure location where it will be examined, along with the flight controls, pilot medical records, etc.

Check back for updates.

SAD NEWS: I am sad to report that former long-time AirCare Pilot, Guy Maher died in a plane crash yesterday in Rowan…

Posted by AirCare Wake Forest Baptist Health on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Update (April 22, 2019 at 8:41pm):

The remains of a plane and its pilot have been found after officials say they went missing shortly after take off early Monday morning.

According to the FAA, the plane, an Express Series 2000 experimental and amateur-built aircraft, was found crashed in a field in Cleveland, North Carolina.

The Rowan County Fire Marshal says the plane’s pilot died in the crash and was the only person on board.

The investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing. The pilot’s name has not yet been released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Original Story (April 22, 2019 at 6:13pm):

STATESVILLE, NC — A plane and its pilot are missing after authorities say it departed Statesville Regional Airport early Monday morning.

The plane was being from from Statesville Regional to Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County, according to police. The plane’s owner reportedly watched the pilot take off around 9am and drove to Twin Lakes to pick them up.

When the owner arrived however, the plane and pilot were not there.

Officials say the flight should have only taken about 15 minutes. Investigators say they do not believe the plane was stolen.

Salisbury Police say the owner has friends searching the area by air and the Civil Air Patrol has been activated to help in the search.