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Two dead, one injured in Idaho Falls plane crash

Published On: Jun 22 2013 03:21:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2013 10:54:17 PM CDT

Police said the aircraft may have been experiencing mechanical difficulties.


A twin-engine plane crash landed just south of the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, killing two passengers and injuring another just after 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

Idaho Falls Police said the Piper Comanche crashed just minutes after taking off from the airport.

There's so much damage, the plane is hardly recognizable.

Police say the aircraft may have been experiencing mechanical difficulties and the pilot was apparently circling back toward the airport when the plane crashed.

Officers said all three people on board were extricated from the wreckage.

The only survivor was a 13-year-boy. He's currently in stable condition at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

The other two passengers,  Mark J. Schell, 64, and Brian W. Hymas, 43, died in the crash.  They were from Idaho Falls and Rexburg, respectively.

Witnesses said they heard the engine sputter just before coming to a crash in the vacant lot.

"I see this plane maybe 50 or 60 feet off the ground, just wobbling," said Juston Bee, a witness. “I thought I heard sputtering, but I couldn't tell where it was coming from. I was telling myself...I knew it was something bad."

Idaho Falls Police said the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.