Sheriff identifies 2 killed, 1 injured in airplane crash south of Billings

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Two people were killed and another person was critically injured in an airplane crash just south of Billings, Yellowstone County’s Disaster and Emergency Services director confirmed Monday morning.

The Beechcraft Bonanza S35 crashed at about 7:25 p.m. Sunday evening near Jellison and Stratton roads, he said.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the Blain Airstrip area south of Billings, said Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder in a press release. Responders found the single engine plane on fire in a wooded area.

Rob and Pam Stephens died at the scene, Sheriff Linder said in a statement released Monday afternoon. Their son Riley Stephens survived the crash and was receiving medical treatment. The three were the only people onboard.

“The family asks for your prayers for all affected,” wrote Linder. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stephens family and friends.”

The scene of the crash has been secured by deputies until the NTSB and FAA can take over the investigation of the crash. Linder added that the coroner’s office and his office are still investigating the crash. 

Rob and Riley Stephens are both

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