An Idaho-bound Pilatus PC-12 has crashed in South Dakota. At least nine people have been killed and three more injured, NBC News reported on Saturday. State authorities have confirmed the number of victims.
The plane was carrying 12 people on board, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported. It was heading for Idaho Falls, Idaho, but crashed after taking off from Chamberlain Municipal Airport.
FATAL PLANE CRASH Nine people killed, 3 survived, when their Pilatus PC12, single-engine aircraft, crashed shortly after takeoff this afternoon from Chamberlain Municipal Airport in South Dakota. They were headed to Idaho Falls, ID. pic.twitter.com/2gAzzPHE0D— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) December 1, 2019
The survivors have been taken to hospital.
#BREAKING: A Pilatus PC-12 plane crashed in #SouthDakota, killing at least nine people and wounding three others 🇺🇸— Intelligence Fusion - North America (@IFNorthAmerica) December 1, 2019
-Plane crashed after taking off from Chamberlain Municipal Airport
-Severe weather thought to be a factor@IntellFusion #planecrashhttps://t.co/mO1RE7Ki8G pic.twitter.com/ffCvSe27Vw
The NTSB is conducting an investigation into the accident.
NTSB investigating today's crash of Pilatus PC-12 near Chamberlain, SD.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) November 30, 2019
Severe weather conditions are said to be the apparent cause of the crash, as snowstorms were battering the Midwestern United States.
Two storms, one in the West and the other in the Cntrl U.S. will impact post Thanksgiving trvl this weekend. Expect hvy mtn snow and lwr elev rain in CA, and hvy snow and blizzard conditions from the Upr Midwest to the Northeast w/ areas of significant ice accumulations. pic.twitter.com/jsoe2Bqjiw— National Weather Service (@NWS) November 30, 2019