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Survivors from South Dakota plane crash in stable condition


CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (KTIV) – The National Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the site of that fatal South Dakota plane crash that killed nine people on Saturday.

An image, released by investigators, offers a closer look at the wreckage of the Pilatus PC-12 that crashed shortly after takeoff, Saturday afternoon.

All 12 of the people on board the single-engine airplane were members of an extended family from Idaho. Just three survived.

The pilot and passengers arrived in Chamberlain, on Friday morning, for an annual pheasant hunting trip. On Saturday, the pilot filed a flight plan with the FAA to fly by instrument flight rules. He was cleared for takeoff at 12:20pm, Saturday afternoon. At the time, visibility was just half-mile, with moderate snow.

The plane departed Chamberlain at 12:26 p.m.

Investigators say when the pilot didn’t activate his flight plan after departure, and the FAA issued an alert for a missing airplane.

The plane crashed in a field about a mile north of the airport. The plane was not required to carry a cockpit voice recorder, or a flight data recorder. But, the plane did have what’s called an “automated dependent surveillance broadcast” system. That records parameters that will help investigators determine the performance of the airplane by evaluating the flight track, altitude and speed from takeoff, to the end of the flight.

A preliminary report on the crash will be published in about two weeks. The entire investigation, which will determine the probable cause of the crash, is expected to be completed in 12-to-24 months.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition at a hospital.

The survivors of Saturday’s crash in a cornfield near Chamberlain are being treated at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. The family was returning from an annual pheasant-hunting trip when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the midst of a winter storm warning.

Jeff Walbom, the family representative, called the crash a “total tragedy” for the extended family.

Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen, who founded the nutritional and wellness products company Kyani, were killed in the crash, along with seven other male family members. Kirk’s son Josh and Jim’s son, Matt, and son-in-law Thomas Long survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board says 12 people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 when it crashed at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, near Chamberlain, South Dakota, roughly 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.

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

Associated Press

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