The single-engine Piper crashed April 27, 2014, when it struck a 330-foot-high wind turbine in fog 10 miles south of Highmore. The crash killed the pilot and three cattlemen returning from a sale in Texas.
A National Transportation Safety Board report released this week says the pilot’s decision to fly low in deteriorating weather and the non-operating light on the turbine were likely causes. No problem was found with the plane.
Killed were pilot Donald “D.J.” Fischer, of Gettysburg; and cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, of Bowdle; Logan Rau, of Java; and Nick Reimann, of Ree Heights.