Eye Witness Account of the Fatal Idaho Falls Plane Crash

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Updated: 6/25/2013 8:36 am
An anonymous eye witness to the horrific plane crash that took place Saturday afternoon has come forward with more details in to what happened.

Shortly after the Twin Engine Piper Comanche plane took off heading south carrying three people, around 1:35 Saturday afternoon the plane crashed in a vacant lot just south of the airport near international way and skyline. 

“I could hear sputtering and I saw it in just in time to see it go straight into the ground. I could a hear a boy screaming for help and I told him everything was going to be okay. There was just no way for me to get to him, the plane was so mangled, there was no way to even reach him,” said one unidentified witness.

He was one of the first people on the scene and says that after calling 911, he tried to keep the boy from going into shock while putting out some small fires nearby.

“I ran up to him and asked the boy if he was okay and if he could move at all. He said his legs were pinned and he couldn't can’t move, and  thought his arm was broken. I was about to ask if anyone else was inside or hurt when he said my dad’s not moving and that was just heartbreaking. There were no fires when we first ran up, but it caught fire shortly after and we were able to put the fire out and that would have been a lot worse. That little boy might have burn to death if we hadn’t gotten those fire extinguishers. You just felt helpless there for a minute because once the fire was out there was nothing we could do to help him until they arrived with the cutters and the equipment to help lift the plane off of him,” added the witness. 

This plane crash you see behind, sad to say, did take the lives of two of its passengers Mark Schell of Idaho Falls and Brian Hymas of Rexburg. The 13 year old boy that was involved in the crash was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he continues to be stable condition.

We will continue to follow this story and as further details emerge we will keep you updated.


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