Plane from Columbia Regional Airport crashes in Nebraska

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COLUMBIA - A plane that took off from Columbia Regional Airport crashed near Pender, Nebraska Sunday and was discovered Monday morning.

The plane crashed at 851st Road near Pender, Nebraska. An official with the airport management company for Stan Morris Field Airport in Wayne, Nebraska confirmed the plane never arrived at the Sioux Gateway airport, which was its final destination.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the plane was found at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday in a rural part of Wayne County after the Wayne County Sheriff's Office was notified by Sioux Gateway there might be a missing plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board told KOMU 8 News the plane was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The plane took off from Columbia at 3:43 p.m. Sunday.

The official was able to confirm the pilot died at the scene and they don't believe there were any additional passengers on board.

The name of the pilot is being withed pending notification of family members.

The plane was a 1979 Cessna 172N single engine 4-seater.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the crash. 

[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Pender and to include new information].

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