Collegedale Police have released the identity of the pilot who died in Wednesday plane crash. 

Forty-four-year old Don Edens of Rocky Top was flying the Lancair when it crashed in Collegedale.  Rocky Top, formerly named Lake City, is located near Knoxville. 

According to our partners at WBIR, Edens was a project manager for a Knoxville based construction company, Empire.

"This is a small company so this is a shock and a tragedy to all of us," said Owen Ragland, an administrator with Empire, who told WBIR.

Edens worked at the company since 2005, and before that served in the Marine Corps.

Edens leaves behind a wife and four children.


The Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release Thursday that the flight departed Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport Wednesday afternoon, and was headed to Jackson, MS.

One person was on board the plane.

The FAA is investigating the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what led to the crash of a small plane in Collegedale, Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 3:20 p.m. near the 9500 block of Ooltewah Industrial Drive.


Debris sprinkled the open field next to Angelica Corporation.

"It is confirmed a single engine light, small air craft," said David Myrick, Collegedale Police Department.

We were able to determine the plane was a Lancair 4 P to be exact, owned by Empire Equipment, LLC in Knoxville.

Crews worked the scene looking for clues.

No word yet on what caused the plane to crash.

Myrick tells Channel 3 he doesn't believe it was weather related.


Local Authorities won't say much until the FAA investigates, but do comment that Wednesday's crash ended in tragedy.

"At this time we know there was one soul onboard. It is a confirmed fatality," said Myrick.

While officials haven't released where the plane came from, they have confirmed it was not the Collegedale airport.

That person's identity has not been released at this time.

We've not been told whether or not the plane came from Knoxville or not, or where the pilot is from.

The FAA has taken over the investigation.