Pilot Blamed For Fatal December 2016 Crash in Sevierville

(SEVIERVILLE) A report from the NTSB is blaming a flight instructor on the plane crash that killed a family the day after Christmas in 2016 at Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville.

Federal officials say the pilot, 41-year old David Starling, did not file a flight plan until after he left and ignored weather conditions.

The Cessna 182H went down in the Great Smoky Mountains as Starling was preparing to land in Sevierville. He, along with 42-year old Kim Smith and 8-year old Hunter Starling, were all killed in the crash.