1 Person Dies in South Dakota Small Airplane Crash

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.

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 6:48 AM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - 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.

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