Nine people are dead after a Pilatus PC-12 plane crashed in South Dakota on Saturday, shortly after taking off for Idaho.
ABC News reports three passengers survived the crash and were rushed to a Sioux Falls hospital.
The individuals in the plane were reportedly all family members who were traveling on a weekend hunting trip.
“Jim Hansen Sr., his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen Jr., and six other family members died when their plane went down in a field near Chamberlain, South Dakota, according to relatives. The Hansens were executives with Conrad & Bischoff, Kyäni and KJ’s Super Stores,” East Idaho News reports.
The Hansens have been actively involved in the Idaho Falls community. In 2017, EastIdahoNews.com spoke with Kirk Hansen when Kyäni was recognized for partnering with Idahoan in developing and distributing the Potato Pak – a fortified meal with essential nutrients including protein, fatty acids and vitamins.
Jim Sr. and his two sons have served in prominent positions with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishoprics and stake presidencies.
The state’s attorney for Brule County, Theresa Maule Rossow, commended those first responders who were able to pull the survivors from the wreckage, ABC News reports.
“The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions,” she said.
The cause of the crash is not yet known at this time, but Rossow said “strong winds and snow” were in the flight path.
ABC News adds:
The plane had embarked shortly before noon from Chamberlain, South Dakota, and crashed about a mile southwest of there, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA investigators are traveling to the site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will manage the investigation.
MORE: Two children and the pilot were among those killed, the state's attorney for Brule County, confirmed to ABC News. https://t.co/KU3BjSK7ED
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How sad. I pray for the families of this terrible tragedy
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Prayers for the families and friends
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RIP and prayers to their families. 😢🙏
— (((Dawggirl))) (@MelissaRabb1) December 1, 2019
Oh no!! God rest their souls
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