Federal authorities will investigate a plane crash in South Dakota in which nine people were killed, including two children, officials said.
The plane, a single-engine Pilatus PC-12, went down in rough weather near the town of Chamberlain over the weekend shortly after takeoff from Chamberlain Municipal Airport en route to Idaho Falls Regional Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
“FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified,” the FAA added.
Brule County State’s Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said that the plane’s pilot was among those killed in the crash, adding that first responders “should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions.”
The location of the crash was under a winter storm warning at the time the plane went down and a few inches of snow had already accumulated, according to the National Weather Service.
–This report was updated at 9:30 a.m.