CHADRON, Nebraska (AP) – On Tuesday, the coroner identified three people killed in a plane crash in northwest Nebraska, the second small plane crash in the Nebraska Panhandle area in a month.
Dawes County Coroner and Attorney Vance Haug named the victims as Scottsbluff resident Dr. Matthew Bruner, 44, his son Noah Bruner, 21, and Goring resident Sidney Brester, 19, according to the Star-Herald.…
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said a six-seat Cessna T310R jet took off from Chadron Municipal Airport and crashed about a mile and a half on Sunday. A federal agency is investigating the crash.
First responders found a small plane in a rural area near the airport after eyewitnesses reported seeing a fireball or explosion near Chadron.
According to the newspaper, Dr. Matthew Bruner was the chief physician at Regional Western Medical Center, and Brester was a friend of the family.
Brester was a freshman at Western Nebraska Community College and a member of several vocal music ensembles at the school, according to a college note.
Two people died in another single-engine plane the wreck on October 31, about 5 miles north of Harrison. The NTSB is also investigating the cause of the accident.