SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – Nine people were killed in a plane crash near Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Saturday afternoon.
An eastern Idaho family of 12 visited the state for a weekend hunting trip, but the Pilatus PC-12 crashed around 12:30 p.m. shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, according to Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board. The ages of the passengers ranged from 7 to 81.
Among the victims were Jim Hansen, Sr. and his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen, Jr., and six other family members.
The crash also killed Kirk Hansen’s children, Stockton and Logan; his sons-in-law, Kyle Taylor and Tyson Dennert; and Jim Hansen’s son, Jake, and grandson, Houston, said Travis Garza, president of the wellness company Kyäni, in a Facebook post Sunday.
The Hansens were prominent members of the Idaho Falls community as executives with petroleum and oil vendor Conrad & Bischoff, Kyäni and gas station chain KJ’s Super Stores, according to East Idaho News.
In addition, three people were injured in the crash.
The three survivors are three men who are 17, 27 and 28 years old, Benton said.
Weather appears to have been a main factor in the crash, Benton said, adding that planes were unable to land in Chamberlain at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash has not been released, Knudson said, but Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time.
Chamberlain is about 140 miles west of Sioux Falls in central South Dakota.