Man dies in plane crash near Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a plane crash that killed a northwestern South Dakota man near his home.

According to the Meade County Sheriff's Office, 67-year-old Barry Vig, of Opal, died when his plane crashed near his ranch early Friday. He was the only person on board.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Civil Air Patrol was called to look for the plane around 2 a.m. after Vig didn't return home. The plane was en route from Rapid City to Faith when it crashed.

It took the team less than two hours to find the wreckage and recover Vig's body near Opal, about 96 miles northeast of Rapid City.

Officials say the weather was clear when they found the plane, but a rain storm had passed through the area overnight.

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