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UPDATE: FAA: 4 killed when plane from Texas crashes near Highmore

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HIGHMORE (AP) — A small airplane that crashed in central South Dakota and killed four people was found near a damaged wind turbine.

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Steve Stengel with Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources says the wreckage was found on the site of the South Dakota Wind Energy Center.

That operation south of Highmore has 27 turbines that are about 213 feet tall, plus the length of the blade.

The FAA says the single-engine Piper found Monday was registered to Donald J. "DJ" Fischer of Gettysburg.

The four people onboard were flying back from Texas.

The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says fog and low clouds combined for reduced visibility in the Highmore area Sunday night. Winds were out of the east at about 15 to 25 mph and there were scattered showers, some of them heavy.

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