Pilot of missing plane found dead in Pushmataha County

PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma Department of Public Safety officials say a Texas man was killed after his plane crashed in Pushmataha County.

A highway patrol aircraft and rescuers reached the crash site around 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say  the pilot, 54-year-old Stephen Mark Hardin of Terrell, Texas, was killed in the crash.

The plane was reported missing during a flight from Tahlequah to Terrell on Friday.  Officials say a search for the plane was delayed because of inclement weather.

The crash was found in a heavily wooded area.

Hardin was the only occupant of the plane.

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