North Carolina man named in Pike County Plane Crash

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Troopers say a positive identification hasn't been made but it appears that 65-year-old Rush Bradford of Murphy, North Carolina was piloting an aircraft when it went down in Eastern Kentucky early Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006.

Troopers say Bradford took off from a private airport in North Carolina and was headed for Big Sandy Regional Airport near the Kentucky-West Virginia line when it crashed

The plane was found in a remote area near Pike County. The area is mountainous and heavily wooded. Searchers found the plane after getting close enough to hear a transmitter signal by satellite.

Authorities say they wouldn't have known a plane went down if it hadn't been for a few people who heard or saw it and reported it.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.