UPDATE: Search for missing plane continues this week

Missing plane, courtesy Dakota Radio Group

The search for a plane that went missing after taking from the Aberdeen airport continues this week.

The single-engine plane left Aberdeen Wednesday night, bound for Oakes, N.D., but never landed.

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has joined the search for the plane. The organization issued a release asking pilots in the area to be aware that more aircraft than usual will be flying in the region.

The missing plane is a single-engine Cessna 172. It is white with light blue markings. It had one person on board. Authorities believe the aircraft has an emergency locator beacon, but no signal has been detected.

Authorities say snow and windy conditions hampered search conditions late last week.

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Original story:

Authorities are looking for a plane that failed to land at its destination after taking off from Aberdeen.

The single-engine plane was headed to Oakes, N.D. after taking off from the Aberdeen Regional Airport Wednesday night.

Brown County Emergency Manager Scott Meints tells Dakota Radio Group weather has been hampering the ground search for the plane. Several inches of snow have fallen in the area as a winter weather storm hit the region.

Meints says the Civil Air Patrol plans to conduct an aerial search after conditions improve.

The pilot was the only person on board. Meints says authorities were notified by family members after the plane failed to land in Oakes as scheduled.