NTSB: South Dakota plane that crashed fragmented

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 4:36 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal investigator says a small airplane that crashed in South Dakota is quite fragmented.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Rodi (ROH'-dee) says the debris field is roughly in a circle with a wind turbine in the center. She says debris is scattered for several hundred feet in all directions.

Rodi says the wreckage will be removed by Wednesday from the site 10 miles south of Highmore and taken to Colorado.

Then she'll try to determine if the Piper hit one of the blades or if the blade came down on the aircraft.

Rodi says it's still not clear why the pilot was flying so low on Sunday evening in foggy weather.

Pilot Donald J. "D.J." Fischer and cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, Logan Rau and Nick Reimann were killed.

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