- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a South Dakota priest has died in a plane crash in southeastern Montana.

The Carter County Sheriff in Montana says the single-engine Cessna took off from Spearfish on Friday and was discovered Sunday. Authorities say 50-year-old Peter Kovarik died in the crash. He was the only one onboard.

Kovarik was the priest at St. Ambrose Parish in Deadwood and the St. Patrick Parish in Lead (leed).

The Civil Air Patrol was notified of the missing airplane Saturday evening. The patrol found the plane early Sunday by tracing its emergency beacon and alerted a ground search team.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the cause of the crash is unknown.

Carter County Sheriff Neil Kittleman says the plane might have crashed in heavy fog over uneven terrain.


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