UPDATE: FAA investigating fatal Aberdeen crash

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) Agents from the Federal Aviation Administration have arrived at the scene of a fatal plane crash near Aberdeen.

A single-engine plane bound for North Dakota took off from the Aberdeen airport Oct. 9, but apparently crashed shortly after takeoff. The wreckage was not discovered until Monday.

On Wednesday, a KSFY News crew spotted FAA agents investigating the scene of the wreckage, in a slough roughly seven miles north of the Aberdeen airport. Authorities say FAA investigators first arrived Tuesday evening.

The pilot, 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Hecla, died in the crash. No one else was on board.

Investigators say no communication was received from Seliski the night of the plane crash.

The FAA will move the wreckage to Minneapolis to continue their analysis.
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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.

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Authorities say they have found the wreckage of a plane that disappeared after taking off from the Aberdeen airport earlier this month.

The body of the pilot was found among the wreckage, Dakota Radio Group reports.

Brown County Chief Deputy Dave Lunzman said 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 single-engine plane took off from Aberdeen Oct. 9. It was bound for Oakes, N.D., but never landed. Crews have been searching for it ever since.

FAA records indicate a plane matching the tail number of the missing plane is registered to a Hecla man.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the pilot. No one else was on board.

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

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