2 people dead after Christmas Day plane crash in Sioux Falls

The plane went down in a residential neighborhood just after 5 p.m.
Author:
Publish date:

Authorities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have confirmed that at least two people died in a Christmas Day plane crash in a local residential area.

It was initially thought that only one person had died, but that changed with a police briefing on Wednesday morning. 

The small plane went down in a backyard on the southeast side of the city early Tuesday evening, damaging four homes, the Star Tribune reported. 

The paper says two homes received damage so extensive they were left "uninhabitable."

One neighbor told the Argus Leader the crash "felt like a cement truck racing down the street and then, boom," while another said he "thought a house exploded." 

The paper says one of the fatalities is believed to be that of the pilot; however, it's unclear how many people were aboard the plane at the time. 

Authorities have not confirmed the identities of the deceased yet.

The crash is now under investigation, but one thing that may make the release of information difficult is the partial federal government shutdown.

According to Keloland News reporter Michael Geheren, the Federal Aviation Administration has said it's unable to respond to media questions "due to the lapse in government funding":

Next Up

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

radio station, microphone

WCCO Radio's program director leaves the company

It's not clear why John Hanson and the station parted ways.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis a step closer to banning facial recognition technology

There are concerns about it leading to a surveillance state, and that it could harm disadvantaged communities.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 22

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Related

Lake Elmo plane crash.

2 people hurt after plane crashes into Lake Elmo cornfield

It happened near the Lake Elmo Airport on Friday afternoon.

Plane crashes at Anoka County-Blaine Airport

The aircraft appears to be a vintage military plane.

plane, Piper PA-32

Plane that went missing located in water-filled quarry, recovery efforts begin

The plane went missing Sunday, and crews located the plane Monday. Now they'll work to recover the wreckage.