Nine people were killed and three others injured Saturday afternoon when a plane crashed in Southern South Dakota, authorities announced.
The Pilatus PC-12 had 12 people on board when it crashed near Chamberlain — about 180 miles West of Sioux Falls — shortly after takeoff, Peter Knudson of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls.
Those killed were the pilot and two children, KELO-TV of Sioux Falls reported.
The Pilatus website stated that the PC-12 can carry up to 10 passengers and is flown by one pilot. The plane was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, according to the Argus Leader.
Brule County State’s Attorney Theresa Maule described the emergency responders as “heroic”. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that it was “investigating today’s crash of Pilatus PC-12 near Chamberlain, SD.”