Hansens killed in plane crash

Hidden Hollow owners Kirk Hansen, left, and Jim Hansen Jr. at the groundbreaking for the housing development in December 2017. The brothers were killed Nov. 30 near Chamberlain, S.D., in a plane crash with six other family members.

Two developers of the Hidden Hollow development in Jackson died Saturday in South Dakota when their light plane crashed soon after taking off.

Among the nine dead are Kirk and Jim Hansen, who bought about 10 acres of Forest Service land in Jackson and were building employee housing and private condos adjacent to the National Elk Refuge.

Also killed was Jim Hansen Sr., their father, and six other members of the family. News reports put the ages of those killed at 7 to 81. Three people survived the crash.

Zane Powell, the construction manager and owners' rep for the Hidden Hollow job, said this morning that a statement on the project would be issued this morning.

The Hansens are well-known business people in Idaho Falls, where they were headed from South Dakota after a hunting trip. They own an oil and gas firm named Conrad & Bischoff Inc., which has long done business in Jackson Hole.

Hidden Hollow

When finished, the Hidden Hollow development will add more than 150 units to Jackson’s housing stock.

Contact Mark Huffman at 732-5907 or mark@jhnewsandguide.com.

(1) comment

Lanny Lammers

A shame they crashed. Sad that Forest Service land was sold for housing.

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