Authorities to try and pull plane from river today

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The Morton County Sheriff’s Office is assembling a team and equipment this morning in a effort to pull a small airplane from the Missouri River.

The plane crashed just north of Fort Rice Tuesday afternoon, after circling the river about four times, according to witnesses.

The pilot, an out of state 35-year-old man, was found dead in the cockpit. He was the only occupant in the plane. His identity is being withheld until authorities can make contact with his next of kin.

The water depth at the location of the crash is around five to six feet due to an underwater sandbar, so the plane was only partially submerged.

First responders were able to extract the pilot from the cockpit and the body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office.

Among the agencies responding to the crash were the Metro Area Ambulance Service, Mandan Rural Fire Department, Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department Dive, Rescue and Recovery Team, Emmons County Sheriff’s Office and the Morton County Sheriff’s Office Dive team.

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