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Officials ask pheasant hunters to be on the lookout for missing plane

ABERDEEN, South Dakota – The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol issued a statement Tuesday, asking pheasant hunters in northeast South Dakota to be on the lookout for anything that might be connected to a missing airplane.

The plane departed Aberdeen last week bound for the airport in Oakes, North Dakota, but it never arrived.

Since then, Civil Air Patrol missions have been flown in South Dakota and North Dakota, and ground crews have searched in several counties.

The blue and white Cessna is registered to a man in Hecla, South Dakota. Authorities say only the pilot was on board the plane when it disappeared.