Nine people including two children are dead after a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
There were only three survivors of 12 people on the plane. They were taken to Sioux Falls for treatment. A major winter weather barreled through the region at the moment of the accident. Visibility could fall to less than a mile, the weather service tweeted. The plane had an intended destination of Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Brule County State’s Attorney Theresa Maule described the emergency responders as “heroic.” The FAA said investigators were en route to the crash site and that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would be in charge of the investigation.
A winter storm warning remains in effect in Brule County until midday Sunday. The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop plane passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland, since 1991. It is the best-selling pressurized single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the world. The cabin interior of the PC-12 can accommodate up to nine passengers in a comfortable configuration. The PC-12 also incorporates numerous safety measures and is certified for flight into known ice conditions. A weather radar is optional.