September 18, 2010 in Idaho

Plane crash near Coeur d’Alene kills father, son

By The Spokesman-Review
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The wreckage of a single-engine Cessna 210 is pictured. The plane crashed on Friday, Sept. 17, about 10 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, killing a father and son from Basin, Wy.
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A plane crash south of Coeur d’Alene Friday killed a father and son from Wyoming, officials announced today.

Craig Dwayne Kestner, 50, and his son, Brock Sterling Kestner, 21, died after their single-engine Cessna 210 crashed about 5:10 p.m. in a wooded area about 10 miles south of Coeur d’Alene near Red Hog Ridge.

Sheriff’s officials initially said they believed only one man was aboard the plane, but two victims were discovered upon further investigation.

The men are from Basin, Wyo., where the elder Kestner was president of a construction company.

Their bodies were recovered about 2 p.m. today; officials said weather and terrain delayed recovery.

Idaho Bureau of Aeronautics alerted the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department to the crash after the plane’s emergency locator beacon activated.

A Spokane County sheriff’s helicopter helped officials from the sheriff’s department and the Mica-Kidd Island Fire District locate the wreckage about 6:30 p.m.

The crash site is about a mile east of U.S. Highway 95.

Investigators from the National Transposition Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive today.

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