October 21, 2019

Mike Tanner

KWAT Radio News


WATERTOWN, S.D.—Very frustrating.  That’s how Brown County Emergency Manager Scott Meints describes a nearly two week old search for a missing airplane.


The blue and white single-engine Cessna (pictured) with only a pilot on board took off from Aberdeen on the night of October 9th bound for Oakes, North Dakota.


The plane never arrived at its destination, and has not been seen since then.


Meints tells KWAT News an extensive air search by the Civil Air Patrols of North Dakota and South Dakota is over, for now……



Meints says the late harvest hasn’t helped….



He says it’s possible weather played a factor….



An indicator of how stumped investigators are came from Meints when he said they can’t be 100-percent certain that the plane is even located somewhere between Aberdeen and Oakes…



The plane is registered to a pilot from Hecla, South Dakota.


Anyone with information on its whereabouts is asked to call Brown County authorities at 605-626-7911.