The Latest on a small plane that crashed in a South Dakota city (all times local):

5 p.m.

Authorities in Sioux Falls have identified a couple killed when a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood of the South Dakota city.

Police said late Wednesday afternoon that the Minnehaha County coroner positively identified the victims as Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer of Sioux Falls. Both were 68 years old.

Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer were heading toward the Sioux Falls airport when their twin engine Beechcraft plummeted out of the sky. The plane burst into flames after hitting the ground near homes in a southeastern Sioux Falls neighborhood.

Sioux Falls Police Capt. Loren McManus says authorities don’t know who was piloting the plane, which crashed between four homes on Tuesday. No one on the ground was hurt.

The couple were known for their generosity, particularly to Sioux Falls Lutheran School. Earlier this year, the school announced that it was naming its new 400-seat chapel and performing arts center in their recognition after they donated more than $1 million to the project. In a release announcing the gift, the Meyers lauded the school for teaching their children.

The Meyers also donated more than $10,000 to the building of the Scheels Ice Plex, in addition to being part of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

JoAnn (left) and Vaughn Meyer were killed in a plane crash in Sioux Falls on Christmas Day 2018. The Meyers were known as philanthropists who donated frequently to causes around Sioux Falls. (Photo: Sioux Falls Lutheran School)
JoAnn (left) and Vaughn Meyer were killed in a plane crash in Sioux Falls on Christmas Day 2018. The Meyers were known as philanthropists who donated frequently to causes around Sioux Falls.
(Photo: Sioux Falls Lutheran School)

Vaughn Meyer, a retired plastic surgeon, received his pilot’s license in 2010, according to FAA records. According to his certification information, he was certified to be flying the plane in the conditions in which the crash occurred.

Police say the National Transportation Safety Board has contracted a company which will be in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to start the investigation into the crash.

“In my field, what’s really nice is when you see people have something that you can do something for … where you see people really feel better about where they just come from,” Vaughn Meyer said at the time. “That’s what I think is one of the more rewarding things we do in plastic surgery – partly because just about everything we do is quite visible to everybody.”

In this Dec. 25, 2018 photo, first responders survey the scene where a plane crashed into a home in Sioux Falls, S.D. Two people died when the single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire in a residential neighborhood in Sioux Falls, leading to the evacuation of four homes, police said Wednesday. (Briana Sanchez/Argus Leader via AP)

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10:40 a.m.

Police say two people died when a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in a South Dakota city.

Sioux Falls Police Capt. Loren McManus confirmed a second fatality at a news briefing Wednesday morning. McManus says the two people killed were the only occupants of the single-engine plane that crashed between four homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday. No one on the ground was injured.

He said the debris field stretches for several blocks.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Steve Fessler says residents of two of the four houses that were evacuated following the crash have not returned to their homes.

Authorities have not released the identities of those who died.

The person who died in Tuesday evening's crash in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was believed to be an occupant of the aircraft
The person who died in Tuesday evening’s crash in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was believed to be an occupant of the aircraft

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7:30 a.m.

Officials say one person died when a single-engine airplane crashed in a backyard in a South Dakota city, leading to the evacuation of four homes.

Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Regan Smith told reporters that the person who died was on the plane when it crashed in Sioux Falls around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Smith says the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to investigate the crash site starting Wednesday.

Jim Lang, who lives nearby, says he felt the ground shake and heard what sounded like a vehicle accelerating rapidly. He looked out his window and saw “a yellow ball of fire.”

Smith says two homes suffered significant damage and two more were affected by debris. He wasn’t able to say if all the houses were occupied when the crash occurred.

Source: The Associated Press & The Argus Leader