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Pilot killed in plane crash into Missouri River

A pilot died Tuesday afternoon after crashing his plane into the Missouri River, about a mile north of the Fort Rice boat ramp about 30 miles southeast of Bismarck. The pilot, a 35-year-old man from out-of-state, was found dead in the cockpit.

BISMARCK --A 35-year-old man is dead after his plane crashed Tuesday into the Missouri River near the Fort Rice Recreation Area about 30 miles southeast of Bismarck..

The man, whose name has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, was found dead inside the cockpit, according to a Morton County Sheriff’s Department press release.  The pilot was not a crop duster as earlier reported.

Authorities said the pilot was the only one on board.

At about 2:30 p.m., a 911 caller said they observed the plane flying at a low altitude and going into the river, the sheriff’s department said in its release. The plane crashed less than a mile north of the Fort Rice boat ramp.

On Wednesday morning, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department will assemble a team to attempt to remove the partially submerged aircraft from the river, the release said.

The sheriff’s department said once the aircraft is recovered, the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation of the cause of the crash.