Hecla Plane Hit Tree

hosted by the Britton Action Club (BAC) at the Britton Area Event Center on Thursday. (Lori Amerman Photo) Caleb and Abby (Koop) Nelson of Forman, ND, and daughter, Aisha, dressed up as chefs and a bowl of spaghetti for the Trunk Or Treat event

Hecla Plane Hit Tree

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated in a preliminary report that the plane flown by a Hecla man that crashed Oct. 9 clipped a tree prior to hitting the ground.

Gerald W. Seliski, age 70, of Hecla was flying the plane and died in the crash.

Seliski had left the Aberdeen Regional Airport late evening on Oct. 9 on his way to Oakes and was reported missing the next day. The wreckage was not found until Oct. 21 when a hunter spotted the plane in a cornfield about seven miles north of Aberdeen.

According to the report evidence at the crash site indicates that the plane’s left wing hit a 60-foot tall tree and the fuselage skidded about 500 feet before coming to rest on the edge of a small pond.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate that Seliski had a student pilot’s license. Weather that night, according to the report, was described as dark night instrument meteorological conditions.

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