Pilot who left Greenville found dead

Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Authorities have found the plane that left Greenville Friday bound for Jonesboro, Ark. and the body of its pilot, according to multiple sources in Mississippi.

WLBT-3 in Jackson, Miss. reported that wreckage of the plane and the body of Monty Hudson, 48, was found approximately 12 miles east of Philadelphia, Miss. at 8 p.m. on Monday night.

Hudson left Greenville Friday on his way to Jonesboro with a scheduled stop in Cleveland, Miss. to refuel.

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Officials with the Civil Air Patrol said radar last picked up Hudson’s plane – described as a yellow and blue AT 602 Air Tractor Air Craft – on Friday near Livingston, Ala. Searches over the weekend and on Monday were delayed due to the weather.

Travis Capps, Manager of the Mac Crenshaw Airport, called Hudson a professional in everyway.

“Just a super nice person,” he said. “He never raised his voice or anything like that…he was an all-around good person.”

Capps said Hudson and two other pilots were in the area fertilizing timber. Hudson and another pilot left just before noon, he said.

“The weather here was great and I called a friend and the weather was great in Demopolis so something must have happened on the way,” he said.

Hudson associate Ron Youngblood told Fox40 in Jackson that Hudson sent him a text message at 12:01 p.m. on Friday that weather conditions were deteriorating and he was approximately 200 miles away from Cleveland.

“They couldn’t locate him,” said Capps about the almost three-day search for the downed aircraft. “You wonder if he could have still been alive during that time…but at least now there is some closure.”