2 people die in plane crash that looked like 'a yellow ball of fire'

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Police say two people died when a small plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood in a South Dakota city.

Sioux Falls Police Captain Loren McManus confirmed a second fatality at a news briefing on Wednesday morning.

McManus says the two people killed were the only occupants of the single-engine plane that crashed between four homes about 17:00 on Tuesday. No one on the ground was injured.

He said the debris field stretches for several blocks.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Steve Fessler says residents of two of the four houses that were evacuated following the crash have not returned to their homes.

Authorities have not released the identities of those who died.

Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Regan Smith says the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to investigate the crash site starting Wednesday.

Jim Lang, who lives nearby, says he felt the ground shake and heard what sounded like a vehicle accelerating rapidly. He looked out his window and saw "a yellow ball of fire".

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