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Update: Missing Plane Found in River Near Airport

UPDATE: The airplane has been found in a river near the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport. The plane was located about a half-mile from the airport following a search by authorities.

The body of 65-year-old Thomas Stillwell has also been recovered by searchers.

According to Sheriff Kelly Lake, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office says they never received confirmation that the plane left the airport.

An autopsy is currently underway.

Original Story: Law enforcement from Carlton County are searching after a plane took off from Moose Lake and failed to land at its destination.

According to a WDIO report, authorities say a Mooney M20J single-engine plane took off from the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport Wednesday. It had filed a flight plan with the Federal Aviation Administration to travel from Moose Lake to the Crystal Airport. The plane was scheduled to land at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday but failed to arrive.

Law enforcement checked airports in Cloquet, Moose Lake and Hinckley, but could not find the plane. It was never picked on radar near the Duluth or Minneapolis airports.

A land search is currently being conducted near the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport. Authorities have not received reports of a downed aircraft from civilians.

The Star Tribune reports that the plane is registered to Club Cherokee, a nonprofit. Its tail number is N111JP.

The Moose Lake Carlton County Airport is located just north of the Pine County line.

If you have any information regarding the missing plane, you are asked to contact the Carlton Sheriff's Office at 218-384-4185.

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