Pilot killed in small plane crash in McCook County
MCCOOK CO., S.D. – A pilot was killed after health complications caused him to crash his plane in McCook County.
According to a report by McCook County Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater during a live press conference, authorities responded to reports of a crashed single-engine airplane in the area of 263nd Street and 440th Avenue, west of Canistota, S.D., on Sunday.
Around 2:15 p.m. CST (1:15 p.m. MST), a male pilot called a nearby air traffic tower to report that he was experiencing health issues. He told a controller that he was circling an area close to where crash-landed, but that he was having trouble flying his plane.
McCook County Emergency Management officers attempted to radio the subject from the ground, but could not establish contact with him.
Emergency crews found wreckage from the plane shortly thereafter and confirmed his death.
There were no other passengers on the aircraft.
This is the second plane crash with fatalities to have happened near the area of Sioux Falls within a month.
The name and age of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.