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4 Dead as Plane Smashes Into NextEra Wind Turbine in S. Dakota

Dirk Lammers — SfGate — April 28, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.

Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper 32 was traveling from Hereford, Texas, to Gettysburg, South Dakota. The single-engine plane was registered to Donald J. “D.J.” Fischer of Gettysburg, according to the FAA.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, but authorities have not released any details on the crash.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims, but Luce Funeral Home confirmed that Fischer, the 30-year-old pilot, died. Lien Funeral Home confirmed the deaths of cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, of Bowdle, and Logan Rau, of Java.

The funeral home handling arrangements for the fourth victim said it could not release any information.

The three passengers were in Hereford to attend a sale of live cattle and embryos, primarily for the production of show steers, said Mike Mimms, a veterinarian who runs the annual event.   Continue reading here….

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7 Comments on “4 Dead as Plane Smashes Into NextEra Wind Turbine in S. Dakota”

  1. 1957chev April 28, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    They don’t care who they hurt, as long as they can continue robbing us blind, with their windscam!

  2. sandcanyongal April 29, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Uh. At least here in Tehachapi, CA there are white strobes every so many wind turbines and red FAA blinking beacons. Guess they don’t work like FAA expect.

    It’s a trajedy that 4 people perished.

  3. cornwallwindwatch April 29, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Tragic, our sympathies to the families.

  4. windfarmresearch April 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on Wind Turbine Locations, Maps, Lawsuits, Setbacks.

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