Victims identified in Turner County plane crash

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM CDT
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Authorities have identified the victims in a fatal plane crash that happened Friday in Turner County.

Sixty-four-year-old Allen Bucholz and 14-year-old Destiny Karpinen were killed in the crash. Both were Tea residents.

Bucholz was the pilot, and Karpinen, his granddaughter, was the passenger.

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Two people died in a small plane Friday in Turner County, authorities say.

The plane crashed around 10:00 a.m. just west of Viborg. According to Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier, two people were on board the plane. Neither survived the crash.

The plane was a small single-engine plane, according to Lincoln County dispatch, which handles emergency calls for Turner County.

"The death of somebody when that happens is tragic," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

A loud boom and the ground shaking -- that's what neighbors say they heard and felt Friday morning.

"The call came in about 10 this morning from a neighbor here that heard the plane sputtering and making some engine-type noise, like it was having difficulties, and then he thought he heard a crash," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

Sheriff Nogelmeier says there are still a lot of unknowns.

"I have no idea where they were coming from or where they were going to," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

The wreckage deep in the corn field, payloaders are being used to pave a clear path to the plane.

"It's kind of scary. It gives you goosebumps to think that a plane crash happened so close to you," said Juanita O'Gorman.

Living just one mile away from the fatal crash, O'Gorman can't believe this is the second plane crash this week.

"The other one was a happy ending but this one wasn't. I feel bad for the family and people in the crash. I do," said O'Gorman.

"We feel bad for the individuals on the plane and their families when they find out what happened. Our prayers go out to them," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

This is the second plane crash in southeast South Dakota this week. Two people aboard a small airplane escaped injury when it crash-landed near the Sioux Falls airport Tuesday.