Two Western Nebraska Community College students dead after accident at Sidney Airport

SIDNEY, NE — Western Nebraska Community College confirmed Thursday afternoon two students passed away after what WNCC calls a "tragic accident" at the school's Aviation Maintenance facility at the Sidney Airport. 

Authorities were first called to the scene Thursday morning.

You can read the full statement from WNCC below:

Two Western Nebraska Community College students have died at the Western Nebraska Community College Aviation Maintenance facility in Sidney as a result of a tragic accident. The names of the deceased students will remain confidential until their families can be notified.

"We are deeply saddened by the horrific events that have taken place today in our Aviation Maintenance facility," WNCC President Dr. Carmen Simone. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, classmates, and faculty members impacted by this tragedy. Our Aviation Maintenance program is a very tight-knit group and this is an incredibly difficult time for all."

WNCC will continue to work with local authorities in Sidney to assist with the investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Arrangements for memorial services are pending.