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Pilot fails to reach destination, search underway for plane

Missing plane

ABERDEEN, SD – A single-engine plane has been reported missing after it failed to arrive at the Oakes, N.D. Airport.

Brown County, S.D. Emergency Manager Scott Meints says the single-engine Cessna left Aberdeen between 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm Wednesday and was heading to Oakes.

Meints says the weather has been hampering a ground search for the plane. “We do have agencies out trying to see if we can hear a locating beacon   Were trying to get Civil Air Patrol and local resources up in the air but the weather is hampering that.”

He says the Civil Air Patrol plans to conduct an aerial search after conditions improve.

The pilot was the only person on board.  Meints says authorities were notified by family members after the plane failed to land in Oakes as scheduled. 

Weather

Rapid City, US
8:50 am, September 23, 2023
54°F
clear sky
Wind: 6 mph
Pressure: 1011 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset: 6:49 pm
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