Chadron plane crash

The wreckage of a plane which crashed west of Chadron July 24.

CHADRON — Authorities say three people aboard a small plane died when it crashed near the city of Chadron in northwest Nebraska.

The crash occurred around 2:25 p.m. Wednesday about 3 miles northwest of the city and a half-mile north of Chadron Municipal Airport. The plane was a privately owned twin-engine Beechcraft 55 registered in Sebastopol, California, according to the FAA.

Chadron City Manager Greg Yanker says the plane didn't catch fire after it plunged into a farm field. Yanker says the pilot and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug, who also serves as the county coroner, said Friday in a news release that those killed were 25-year-old Duncan Brown, of Forestville, California, and 61-year-old Damon Brown and 68-year-old Sarah Brown, both of Sebastopol.

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Haug did not say in the release how the three were related, but told radio station KRVN that they were members of the same family.

The FAA says the flight originated at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and was destined for Chadron.