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UPDATE: Spokane Couple Dies In African Plane Crash

SPOKANE, WASH. - A young Spokane couple died this weekend after they were involved in a plane crash in Zambia. Jay and Katrina Erickson served as missionaries in Africa since February and lived there with their two daughters, Marin and Coral, ages three and one and a half.

This was the first time the couple left the station they were based at without their kids and this time it ended in tragedy.

"They really felt called to be on the mission fields," Katrina's sister April Grandpre said. "They just wanted to bring the light of Christ and the healing of the hospital to the local people so they did a lot of flying for people that couldn't get there very fast."

Jay graduated from the Moody Bible Institute's Aviation program, but everyone knew he always wanted to return to the place where he grew up. Jay's parents were missions in Africa and that's where he spent most of his childhood.

"He always had a heart for missions and wanted to help the world any way they could," brother in-law Jacob Grandpre said.

The two girls remain in Africa tonight and the family says they are doing everything they can to get them home. When they return the girls will live with Jay's sister in the Seattle area.

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