At approximately 10:25 central time, a Cessna 150G struck trees while maneuvering over mountainous terrain near Dunlap. The pilot was killed. The flight departed John C. Tune Airport in Nashville at 09:30, reportedly en route to Copperhill. After takeoff, the pilot established radio and radar contact with Nashville Approach Control, but radio contact was not maintained. Radar contact was maintained and the airplane was observed maneuvering in the vicinity of the accident site. The airplane was reported missing when it did not arrive at its destination, but searchers did not find the wreckage for 14 days. The airplane struck the trees at a 45-degree angle.