Pilot dead after plane that left Statesville airport crashes in Rowan County

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A pilot was found dead at the site of a plane crash in Rowan County on Monday. Police say it's the same plane that disappeared shortly after taking off from a Statesville airport Monday morning. 

According to officers, the plane departed to the Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County about 9 a.m. from the Statesville Regional Airport. The owner watched the plane depart, drove to Twin Lakes Airport to pick up the pilot and bring him back to Statesville. When the owner arrived the plane was not there, police said.

The flight is usually about fifteen minutes.

Around 7 p.m. Monday, the Woodleaf Fire Department said they were responding to a plane crash in western Rowan County. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The pilot was a church goer and well known, this is sad for the community. He was a professional pilot who flew planes for years," Deborah Horne said, with the Rowan County Fire Marshal's Office. 

No other information has been released at this time.