After three days of searching the pilot from Friday night's helicopter crash in Washington County was recovered from South Holston Lake.
The Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Team located the pilot's body in about 80 feet water.
The pilot, 64-year-old Bill Starnes of Blountville, Tenn., was the only person onboard. The helicopter was owned by Food City. It had been taking passengers to Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rescuers are looking for a pilot after his helicopter crashed in Washington County in the town of Abingdon. That's close to the Virginia-Tennessee state line.
It happened at South Holston Lake around 10:30 last night.
The pilot was the only person on the chopper when it crashed. The Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA, will be out there this morning trying to figure out what caused the crash.
Here's the full press release from Virginia State Police:
Virginia State Police divers and troopers remain on the scene this morning of a helicopter crash in the Washington County, Va., side of the South Holston Lake. The first 911 call came in at 10:33 p.m. Friday (August 24, 2012) about the crash. The helicopter, a Bell 407, crashed into the lake shortly after takeoff from a nearby residential property. The corporate-owned helicopter had been ferrying passengers from the Bristol Motor Speedway to the residence. The helicopter had just dropped off the passengers and taken off when the crash occurred. Only the pilot was onboard at the time of the crash.
Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Team (SRT) dive members spent much of the night searching the wreckage for the pilot. This morning, the SRT is bringing to the scene a side-scan sonar to assist with the search for the pilot. The helicopter also remains in the water, upside down. Now that it’s daylight, the state police will work to remove the wreckage.
The depth of the water at the crash site is approximately 25 feet. The FAA is responding to the scene this morning.