UPDATE: The pilot has been identified as Don Edens from Rocky Top, Tennessee (formerly Lake City). He was an employee of Empire Construction in Knoxville.
Co-workers Owen Ragland said Edens was on business when the crash happened. He said Edens as a project manager, Edens flew often and was on his way to a project in Jackson, Miss. when his plane went down.
He had worked at Empire for more than seven years. Ragland described Edens as "a great family man and a great employee with really strong in character and experience."
He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board spent Thursday morning on the scene of Wednesday's fatal plane crash
on Ooltewah Industrial Drive.
As of noon, police tape still surrounded the scene, and special demolition crews were loading up parts of the wreckage to be taken for investigation.
Although authorities have not yet identified the pilot who died, we are learning new details about his plane.
NTSB investigators tell NewsChannel9 the plane was an experimental, home-made experimental plane that flew out of Knoxville.
Authorities have released the air traffic audio of the incident. CLICK HERE
to listen to it.
Depend on NewsChannel9 to bring you updates on this developing story throughout the afternoon.