July 20th, 2011|
July 20, 2011
Three people died Monday evening when a plane crashed in Grace, Idaho, near Grace Airport.
The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office has released information about the victims—saying they include a 46-year-old pilot and his 16-year-old son, as well as a 35-year-old male victim. The man and his son were both residents of Menan, Idaho, while the other victim was from Grace.
“Here in Caribou County as well as Jefferson County, Menan, where these victims were from, it has a sizeable impact on the citizens, the families,” Sheriff Ric Anderson told KPVI. “Our hearts are with those family members here and [in] Menan; it’s a great impact.”
The crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. after the private aircraft circled Grace Airport and then crashed into a field near the runway. The pilot and passengers had reportedly been helping to build a church in small-town Star Valley, Wyoming, and were headed to Grace to drop off the victim that lived there before they would return home to Menan.
Do you think small planes are far more dangerous than large commercial aircraft? Do you think the pilots of these planes receive enough training?