Victim in Douglas County plane crash identified

Crash occurred northwest of Parkston

Dougls County Sheriff department officials work the scene of a plane crash Monday in rural Parkston. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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A man who died in a plane crash Monday northwest of Parkston has been identified.

Keith Dodson, of Dumas, Texas, died when the crop duster airplane he was piloting crashed in a field near the intersection of 404th Avenue and 273rd Street northwest of Parkston, according to Dustin Palmquist, coroner for Douglas County. The crash occurred at approximately 11 a.m. about a quarter-mile inside the Douglas County line.

Dodson was 50 years old, Palmquist said.

Parkston Fire, Parkston Ambulance, Douglas County Emergency Management and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board took over the investigation Monday afternoon. The NTSB will release a preliminary report on the crash.

Check back with Mitchell Republic later for more information as it becomes available.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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