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Officials respond to plane crash in southeast South Dakota

DE SMET, S.D. -- A pilot is dead and a passenger survived after a plane crashed Tuesday into Lake Thompson near De Smet, authorities said.The Kingsbury County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash of "a small plane" at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday....

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Law officers and emergency personnel respond to a plane crash on Lake Thompson, about 40 miles west of Brookings, S.D. (Forum News Service)

DE SMET, S.D. - A pilot is dead and a passenger survived after a plane crashed Tuesday into Lake Thompson near De Smet, authorities said.
The Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash of “a small plane” at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Two men were in the plane, but the cause of the plane’s crash is not immediately available.
Officials with the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot died on scene and his body was recovered by Codington County Search and Rescue. The passenger, Bruce Bortnem, of Aurora, was rescued by a boat that was on the lake. Bortnem was taken to an Avera hospital in De Smet.
Hospital employees listed Bortnem as in fair condition.
Authorities remained at the lake Tuesday afternoon and evening to pull out the plane’s wreckage. With the assistance of Bunker Auto and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was successfully removed from the lake by about 8 p.m. Officials declined to provide the name of the pilot pending notification of his family.

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