- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

VONORE, Tenn. (AP) - A Fargo, N.D., airshow official says a pilot killed in an East Tennessee crash was a popular performer who was headed to an airshow in Florida.

Fargo Airshow Committee Co-Chairman Dick Walstad told radio station KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1eFQPNq ) that Jim Maroney (mah-ROE’-nee) lived in Wisconsin but was a native of North Dakota who had served in the Fargo Air National Guard and been a pilot for Delta Air Lines.

Maroney’s single-engine World War II-era de Havilland DHC-1 - which Walstad called the “Super Chipmunk” - was reported missing Sunday evening after it didn’t arrive in Canon, Ga.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officials told media the plane’s wreckage was found in an inaccessible area of the Cherokee National Forest.

Walstad said Maroney was an outstanding, safety-minded pilot.

The crash investigation continues.

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