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Authorities find crashed plane in southeast Missouri

Saturday, April 2, 2011 | 4:21 p.m. CDT

FARMINGTON — Authorities believe they have found the remains of a small, single-engine Wisconsin-bound plane that crashed in southeast Missouri.

Lt. Col. David Miller of the Civil Air Patrol told St. Louis broadcaster KMOX that the plane discovered late Friday night about 18 miles south of Farmington is the aircraft authorities have been searching for since it went missing after leaving Arkansas on Sunday.

Messages left by The Associated Press Saturday with the Civil Air Patrol and the Madison County Sheriff's Office weren't immediately returned.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said in a prerecorded phone message that there was a fire when the plane crashed. She says the sheriff will release the number of victims, and the coroner will provide their names.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.

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