Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N6483B

The search for a pilot and the single-engine Cessna 172 he was flying continued Saturday with ground and aerial crews looking, including the North Dakota and South Dakota Wings of the Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force.

Helicopters from the Air Force were brought in to aid with the search, according to a news release from the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

The plane and pilot left the Aberdeen Regional Airport on Thursday heading for Oakes, North Dakota, according to a news release from the Brown County Office of Emergency Management. 

A winter storm has made search and rescue efforts treacherous — air crews were able to search Friday, but were grounded again Saturday, according to the release. Once that weather passes, ground and air crews will continue the search Sunday.

The poor weather has grounded the Civil Air Patrol's single-engine Cessna 172s and 182s, according to the news release from that agency.

Any pilots flying in the Aberdeen and Oakes areas this weekend should be on the lookout for more aircraft than usual, according to the news release from the Civil Air Patrol. Their aircraft are red, white, blue and grey.

The white with light blue markings Cessna, tail number N6483B, is registered to Gerald Seliski of Hecla, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Ground crews have been searching since Thursday, even through the snowstorm, according to the Brown County Emergency Management release. Anyone with information about the plane or pilot can call Brown County dispatch at 605-626-7911

Original article can be found here ➤

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