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.
Here is what we know about this deadly tragedy:
Conrad and Bischoff executives among victims
Among the victims were Jim Hansen, Sr. and his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen, Jr., and six other family members.
The Hansens were prominent members of the Idaho Falls community as executives with Conrad & Bischoff, Kyäni and KJ’s Super Stores, according to EastIdahoNews.com.
Chamberlain plane crash:Idaho family visited SD for hunting trip, reports say
Travis Garza, president of the wellness company Kyani, said in a Facebook post Sunday that the crash killed brothers and founders Jim and Kirk Hansen. Garza said the crash also killed their father, Jim Hansen Sr.; 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.
Garza identified the injured as Kirk’s son, Josh, and Jim’s son, Matt, and son-in-law, Thomas Long. All three were hospitalized.
The family had been in South Dakota on a hunting trip.
Others injured in Pilatus PC-12 crash
In addition, three people were injured in the crash. One survivor was admitted to the hospital in Chamberlain, another was taken to Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell and the most critical was taken to Sioux Falls by ambulance, according to Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton.
The ages of the passengers ranged from 7 to 81. The three survivors are three men who are 17, 27 and 28 years old, Benton said.
Weather likely played a role in crash
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, but Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time.
Chamberlain is about 140 west of Sioux Falls in central South Dakota.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report
Read or Share this story: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2019/12/01/chamberlain-plane-crash-pc-12-jim-kirk-hansen-idaho-falls/4347845002/