28 August 2012
PIERRE, SD - Federal authorities are investigating a deadly plane crash at the Pierre Regional Airport.

The airport manager says the single engine plane crashed during take off around 9:45 Tuesday morning. Only the pilot was on board at the time.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane was an SQ2000 registered to a Paul Lee of Pierre. And according to records, Lee built it.

The crash destroyed the small plane. Airport manager Mike Isaacs says it landed midfield and burned, killing the pilot inside.

"We're in the early stages of the investigation," Isaacs said.

Although Lee is registered as the plane’s owner through the FAA, local authorities aren't confirming who the pilot was who died.

Ashley Hughes lives near the airport and says she must have just missed the crash.

"Well I came outside and there was a big black plume of smoke and then a few seconds later you heard all the sirens and stuff," Hughes said.

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