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Crashed plane found near Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Officials say a small plane missing for nearly two weeks has been found crashed near Aberdeen.

There was no immediate word on the pilot of the Cessna 172, the only one on board.

Brown County Chief Deputy Dave Lunzman said Tuesday a hunter found the wreckage about 3 miles north of Aberdeen Monday evening. Lunzman says adverse weather conditions prevented deputies from reaching the wreckage late Monday, but with daylight and better weather that effort will be renewed Tuesday.

The plane departed Aberdeen Regional Airport for Oakes, North Dakota on Oct. 9 but never arrived. The Civil Air Patrol has helped local officials from South Dakota and North Dakota search for the missing plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted Tuesday it would investigate the crash.

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