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SIOUX FALLS PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED (Update)

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

The Minnehaha County coroner positively identified the victims as Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer of Sioux Falls. Both were 68 years old.

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 Argus Leader reports that the Meyers were known for their philanthropy.

Sioux Falls Lutheran School announced earlier this year it was naming a new chapel and performing arts center after the couple after they donated more than $1 million to the project.

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.

Updated 8:20am 12/27/18

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Sioux Falls Police now say two people died when a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in that city.

Captain 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.

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