WAYNE — The pilot killed in a Jan. 3 crash in eastern Wayne County has been identified.
Chris Birk, who was employed by a company doing construction in the Sioux City area, was killed in the crash, according to two Sioux City TV stations and the Wayne Herald weekly newspaper. The media outlets indicated that friends of Birk identified him as the pilot.
Wayne County Sheriff Jason Dwinell has declined to confirm the identity of the victim.
The plane reportedly was en route from Columbia, Missouri, to Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City when it disappeared from radar around 7:20 p.m. Jan. 3. Thick fog and low visibility were reported in the area at the time.
The wreckage of the single-engine Cessna 172 was found around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 4 in rural Wayne County.
Birk, who is believed to have been from Mississippi but was working in Sioux City, reportedly had been in contact with air traffic controllers at Sioux Gateway Airport and was diverted to Wayne Municipal Airport/Stan Morris Field in Wayne because of bad weather in the Sioux City area.