(Valley News Live) UPDATE: Authorities have recovered the body of the pilot of a small plane that was found crashed near Aberdeen nearly two weeks after it went missing.
Brown County Chief Deputy Dave Lunzman says the body of 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Hecla, South Dakota, was recovered Tuesday. Seliski was the only one on board. An autopsy is planned Wednesday.
Lunzman said Tuesday a hunter found the wreckage of the Cessna 172 about 3 miles north of Aberdeen Monday evening.
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.
Original story below:
The search for a missing plane traveling from South Dakota to Oakes, ND, appears to be over. The wreckage of a plane was found three miles north of Aberdeen Monday night.
Searchers have been looking for the plane after it took off from that city October 9th, en route to Oakes but never made it. "American News" in Aberdeen is reporting that a hunter found the plane around dusk Monday.
Sheriff's officials haven't yet confirmed that the wreckage is the aircraft they've been looking for, but the description of the wreckage matches the description of the missing plane.
The investigation will continue Tuesday -- the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are en route to the scene. County dispatchers tell Valley News Live that more information is likely to be released later Tuesday.