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NTSB releases preliminary report on plane crash

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A preliminary investigation into the fatal airplane crash near Highmore earlier this week outlines some of the damage caused by the plane's collision with the blade of a wind turbine.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says the wreckage of the plane was scattered around the base of the turbine. One of the blades was broken into several large pieces and the remaining two blades showed impact damage.

The Sunday night crash killed four people returning from a cattle sale in Texas. They were the pilot, Donald J. "D.J." Fischer, of Gettysburg; and cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, of Bowdle, Logan Rau, of Java, and Nick Reimann, of Ree Heights.

The NTSB says the plane was reported missing by a concerned family member. The wreckage was discovered early Monday morning.