Wreckage of Single-Engine Plane Found North of Aberdeen

UPDATE: Authorities have released the name of the pilot involved in a single-engine plane crash near Aberdeen.

Brown County authorities located the wreckage of an airplane that went missing Wednesday, October 9. Authorities recovered the body of the pilot of the plane later on Tuesday.

The pilot and registered owner of the plane has been identified as 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Helca, South Dakota. Authorities say an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Search crews have been out both on land and in the air since October 9, trying to locate the wreckage. Authorities say a hunter came across the wreckage Monday night, three miles north of Aberdeen.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. The NTSB is expected to arrive in Aberdeen on Tuesday and will take over the investigation.

The small blue and white single-engine Cessna was heading to Oakes, North Dakota last week but never arrived. The plane was occupied by one pilot with no passengers.

PREVIOUS STORY: Brown County authorities say they have located the wreckage of an airplane that went missing Wednesday, October 9. Search crews have been out both on land and in the air since, trying to locate the wreckage.

But it was a hunter, the Brown County Sheriff indicates located the plane, around 6:10 pm Monday night. The site is approximately 3 miles north of Aberdeen, SD. Officials are working to confirm the identity of the pilot and further details will be released as soon as they are available and families have been notified.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is currently leading the investigation until NTSB arrives on scene.

The small blue and white single-engine Cessna was heading to Oakes, North Dakota last week but never arrived. The plane was occupied by one pilot with no passengers.

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