Weather delays South Dakota plane crash probe

Weather delays South Dakota plane crash probe

Knudson said nine people were killed and three were injured. The survivors have been transported to Sioux Falls medical facilities for treatment.

A small plane has crashed in South Dakota, killing nine people including two children, the US Air Traffic Controller (FAA) said.

Twelve people were on the Pilatus PC-12 that took off shortly before 12.30pm (local time) from the Chamberlain Municipal Airport on its way to Idaho Falls.

According to the Pilatus website, the current PC-12 model of the single-engine turboprop plane can carry no more than one pilot and 10 passengers.

The crash happened as major winter weather barreled through the region, FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said. They were prominent businessmen in Idaho Falls who were executives with oil company Conrad & Bischoff, health and wellness company Kyäni and KJ's Super Stores.

"Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility", the National Weather Service said in its alert.

Spokesperson Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board tells KSFY News that local officials near Chamberlain are still investigating the crash and gathering information. Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that planes were unable to land at Chamberlain at the time of the crash.

"The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions", Maule Rossow said in a statement.

Federal investigators had yet to reach the crash site on Sunday because of harsh wintry weather.

Investigators from the NTSB have been dispatched to the scene in rural Brule County, agency spokesman Knudson said.



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