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UPDATE: Plane in deadly SD crash registered to Idaho firm, victims identified

CHAMBERLAIN, South Dakota (AP) – The single-engine airplane that crashed in South Dakota, killing nine people and injuring three others, was registered to an Idaho company.

FlightAware, an online aircraft tracking site, listed the plane that crashed Saturday near Chamberlain as registered to Conrad & Bischoff Inc., a petroleum products distributor based in Idaho Falls.

Authorities haven’t released the names of the victims.

But the East Idaho News, citing relatives, identified the victims as Jim Hansen Sr., his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen Jr., and six other family members, including two children.

The Hansens were executives with Conrad & Bischoff, Kyani and KJ’s Super Stores.

Kirk Hansen is a licensed pilot. Messages left by The Associated Press on Sunday with relatives were not immediately returned.

The National Transportation Safety Board says harsh wintry weather prevented federal investigators from reaching the crash site on Sunday.


CHAMBERLAIN, South Dakota (AP)–  Federal aviation officials are looking into whether inclement weather played a part in a plane crash in South Dakota Saturday that killed nine people.

Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board tells The Associated Press 12 people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 when it crashed about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, about 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Knudson says nine people were killed and three were injured.

The single-engine plane was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash.

Knudson says the weather will be among several factors NTSB investigators will review, but no cause has yet been determined.

He says inclement weather is making travel to the site difficult.

No further information was immediately available.


CHAMBERLAIN, South Dakota (NBC)- Nine people, including two children, were killed Saturday when a plane crashed in rough weather near Chamberlain, South Dakota, authorities said.

A Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop passenger plane, had as many as 12 people on board when it crashed shortly after takeoff about a mile from Chamberlain Municipal Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Brule County state’s attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said survivors were hospitalized in Sioux Falls.

Among the dead was the plane’s pilot, she said.

First responders at the scene “should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions,” Rossow said in a statement.

Associated Press

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