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Plane wreckage found north of Aberdeen

A search began Oct. 10, 2019, for a small, blue and white single-engine Cessna that never arrived at its Oakes, N.D., destination. Photo from Brown County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page

ABERDEEN, S.D. — The wreckage of a plane has been found 3 miles north of Aberdeen, according to Brown County Chief Deputy Dave Lunzman.

County officials in South Dakota and North Dakota have been searching since Oct. 10 for a white and blue Cessna with the tail number N6483B. The Civil Air Patrol has also assisted with the search.

The plane is registered to Gerald Seliski of Hecla, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The plane departed Aberdeen Regional Airport for Oakes, N.D., on Oct. 9 around 10 p.m., but never arrived.

FAA records list a Gerald W. Seliski as having student pilot certificate, though certificate information does not list an address.

Officials have yet to confirm the identity of the pilot.

Lunzman said a hunter came across the wreckage Monday, Oct. 21, around dusk. While officials have yet to confirm that the wreckage is the missing plane, so far the description of the wreckage matches the description of the missing plane and it is the right color and style.

The investigation will continue Tuesday. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified.