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Four Dead In Central SD Plane Crash

April 28, 2014, 6:50 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Four Dead In Central SD Plane Crash
HIGHMORE, SD -

Four people are dead after a small plane crashed in central South Dakota.

Authorities say the plane hit a wind turbine about 10 miles southwest of Highmore. It was registered to Gettysburg pilot Donald J. Fischer.

Funeral homes confirm Fischer and cattlemen Logan Rau and Brent Beitelspacher were on the plane. According to a stock show news blog powered by Sullivan Supply, the fourth person on the plane was Nick Reimann.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

The small plane was bound for Gettysburg after leaving Hereford, Texas Sunday according to the Federal Aviation Administration. It went missing overnight and authorities found wreckage Monday in the South Dakota Wind Energy Center. The wind farm in Hyde County has 27 turbines.

Debris lies near a wind turbine to the west of South Dakota Highway 47 which has a blade broken off of it.

Rain and fog covered the area Monday as investigators came to the scene. Some living near the wind farm told KELOLAND NEWS they didn't see or hear anything related to the crash but say it was foggy Sunday as well.

A spokesperson for the FAA says the investigation is open and the FAA won't speculate what caused the plane to crash in Hyde County. She says that investigation could go on for weeks or months.

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