UPDATE: Pilot dies after crashing aircraft into Missouri River near Fort Rice

Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 3:23 PM CDT
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UPDATE 8:45 PM: One man is dead after the plane he was flying crashed into the Missouri River Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities were able to recover the body of the 35-year-old pilot after the plane went down near Fort Rice in southern Morton County. The 911 call came in before 3 p.m. Tuesday, reporting a low flying plane that dove into the river. But as officials raced to get to the aircraft, they were slowed down working to figure out where exactly it was.

“That was a little bit of a delay until we were starting to figure out, until we got eyewitnesses here to be able to observe the scene and let us know what was going on,” Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane was a Cessna 152 and is registered to a company in Watertown, S.D., and the pilot was from out of state.

“From talking to the FAA they did not have a flight plan for this individual, and they did not have him on their radar,” Kirchmeier said.

Burleigh and Morton County dive teams responded to the scene, however they weren't deployed.

“The plane is in a position to where we could reach it and the depth is not that deep to where a diver was necessary,” Kirchmeier said.

Authorities say they're working to notify family before releasing the pilot's name or why he was in the area.

Morton County officials say they're assembling a team to go out in the morning and try to float the plane back to the boat ramp.

UPDATE: The Morton County Sheriff's Office says the body of a 35-year old man that died in a plane crash on the Missouri River Tuesday has been recovered.

Morton County is now working with the FAA to remove the plane.

UPDATE: A 35-year-old man is dead after crashing a small plane into the Missouri River near Fort Rice Tuesday afternoon. Dive teams are planning to enter the water to investigate.

ORIGINAL STORY: An aircraft, possibly a crop duster, has crashed into the Missouri river near Fort Rice according to the Burleigh County Sheriff's Office.

Major Kelly Leben says Burleigh County and Morton County dive teams are headed to an area near the Fort Rice and Hazelton boat ramps.

Leben says the Emmons County Sheriff's Office and Emmons County

Emergency management requested assistance after a call to state radio reported an aircraft in the water.

UPDATE: A pilot is dead after crashing a small plane into the Missouri River near Fort Rice.

Posted by KFYR-TV on Tuesday, July 17, 2018