Washington: A plane crash in South Dakota has left nine people dead, including a pilot and two children, officials say.
Twelve people were on board on Saturday afternoon when the plane went down in rural Brule County en route from Chamberlain to Idaho, county State’s Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said. Survivors were taken to Sioux Falls for treatment; details on their condition were not immediately available.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash of the Pilatus PC-12. The Federal Aviation Administration has also been notified, according to Maule Rossow.
“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,” she said in a statement.
Chamberlain and other parts of South Dakota are under a winter storm warning that will last until noon on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. The Weather Service warned of ice, snow and winds gusting as fast as 64km/h as stormy weather around the country is predicted to hit millions of travellers returning from Thanksgiving trips.
Conditions in Chamberlain could hinder travel, and “patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility,” the NWS’s advisory states.
All people on board on the downed plane were from Idaho, Maule Rossow said.