Update: Passengers in Plane Crash Identified

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Updated: 9/20/2013 1:50 pm
UPDATE: The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office has identified the three men who were injured when a plane crash landed short of the runway at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Deputies say the aircraft was piloted by Bradley Hone, 35, of Idaho Falls. There were two passengers on board, Justin Manwaring, 36, of Idaho Falls, and Damond Watkins, 40, of Idaho Falls. The NTSB, National Traffic Safety Board, will be handling the investigation. 

Watkins is one of Idaho's three members on the Republican National Convention and also a top manager at Melaleuca.  CEO Frank Vandersloot issued this statement regarding Watkins' injuries, "Damond has been a key member of the Melaleuca management team for many years. We feel very fortunate that he is going to be okay. He has the full support of the tight-knit Melaleuca family. We are praying for a full recovery."

The FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, is also on scene of the crash.

The accident scene will remain secured by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office until the aircraft can be removed.

PREVIOUS STORY: Three people were injured when a twin-engine airplane had to make an emergency landing in a field about a mile from the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

The Bonneville County sheriff's office says the airplane was having mechanical difficulties Thursday afternoon as it approached the airport and ended up landing in a farm field.

Sgt. Jeff Edwards says all three occupants were out of the airplane when emergency personnel arrived. Two were able to walk. The Idaho Statesman reports that one of the injured passengers is Damond Watkins. He is one of Idaho's three members on the Republican National Committee.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of others on board.

Idaho Falls fire officials say damage to the plane appeared limited to its wheels, landing gear and engines.
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