UPDATE: Sioux Falls plane crash victims identified

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KSFY) - UPDATE Wednesday 4 pm:

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The two people who died after their plane crashed in a Sioux Falls neighborhood Christmas evening have been identified.

According to Capt. Loren McManus, Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer of Sioux Falls died after their plane crashed just after 5 p.m.

They were both 68 years old.

The Minnehaha County Coroner positively identified the couple late Wednesday afternoon.

The company contracted by the NTSB will be in Sioux Falls Wednesday afternoon to start the investigation, according to McManus.

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UPDATE Wednesday 10:30 am:

Authorities say a second person died in a fiery plane crash in a Sioux Falls neighborhood Christmas evening.

The small, single engine plane hit the ground in the backyard of four homes in the 4200 block of South Birchwood Avenue just after 5 p.m. Two of the homes received structural damage and some fire damage.

Division Fire Chief Steve Fessler said the homes will be livable.

Crews were able to put the fire out in about 10 minutes.

Capt. Loren McManus confirms the two victims were the only people inside the plane at the time of the crash. The coroner has not yet identified the victims.

No other injuries were reported.

Some residents are still evacuated from their homes.

The NTSB is investigating the crash with the assistance of the Sioux Falls Police Department.

McManus said residents who find plane debris in their yards should call 911. Debris is likely to be found at least two blocks from the crash site.

This is a developing story. Reporter Jill Langland will have more on this story on KSFY New at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY Tuesday:

Sioux Falls first responders are on the scene of a fiery plane crash in a southeast side neighborhood.

Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Regan Smith confirms one person, who was on the aircraft, has died and it's unclear if there are any additional fatalities.

Crews were called to the 4200 block of South Birchwood Avenue just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday after a small engine aircraft crashed in between two homes in the area. A total of four homes have been evacuated and officers have blocked off a large area, Tuesday night.

The Red Cross is assisting families who have been displaced.

This is a joint effort between Sioux Falls Police, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Paramedics Plus, the Airport Authority and National Guard Firefighters. Xcel Energy and MidAmerican Energy are also on scene.

The NTSB has been called to assist in the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available. Authorities are expected to give their next official update on Wednesday morning.


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