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Sioux Falls plane crash victims ID’d as couple known for dedication to church, philanthropy

Sioux Falls plane crash victims ID’d as couple known for dedication to church, philanthropy

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Authorities on Wednesday mentioned the 2 individuals who died in a Christmas Day aircraft crash in Sioux Falls, S.D., have been a neighborhood couple well-known for his or her philanthropy and dedication to the church.

The Minnehaha County coroner positively recognized Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer, each 68, as the one two victims from the aircraft crash, KSFY-TV reported.

The couple was reportedly headed towards the Sioux Falls airport when their twin-engine aircraft crashed. Authorities have no idea who was piloting the aircraft.


Jill Onesti, one of many Meyers’ daughters, instructed the paper that her mother and father have been returning house after visiting her in Grand Rapids, Mich., for her birthday. She mentioned her mother and father’ involvement in church and repair to God have been the “basis” of their lives.

“If the church had a necessity, they might fill it,” Onesti mentioned.

The Meyers have been additionally well-known for his or her philanthropy, the Argus Chief reported. Earlier this yr, Sioux Falls Lutheran Faculty mentioned it might title a brand new 400-seat chapel and performing arts middle after the couple for his or her donation of $1 million to the mission. The couple had additionally donated $10,000 to an indoor ice rink and have been part of the Sioux Falls Space Neighborhood Basis.

Federal Aviation Administration data cited by the Related Press point out Vaughn Meyer was a retired plastic surgeon who acquired his pilot’s license in 2010.

The plane crashed round 5 p.m. Christmas Day within the backyards of 4 Sioux Falls houses. The crash brought about vital injury to 2 houses however nobody on the bottom was injured, authorities mentioned.


Fireplace Rescue Division Chief Steve Fessler mentioned firefighters have been capable of “knock down” the hearth that resulted from the crash inside 10 minutes. Occupants of two of the 4 homes that have been evacuated after the crash had not returned to their houses as of Wednesday afternoon, he mentioned.

Particles from Tuesday’s wreckage stretches for blocks, Police Capt. Loren McManus mentioned. He requested that anybody who comes throughout mechanical wreckage or “organic particles” name 911 in order that officers can care for it.

An organization contracted by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board was in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to investigated the crash scene. Police mentioned the investigation may final just a few days.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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