(SD)-Plane Crash Kills 9 Near Chamberlain
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) -The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane crashed Saturday afternoon shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, SD, killing 9 of the 12 people on board. Names have not been released.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson told The Associated Press the PIlatus PC-12 was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, when it went down about 12:30 CT.
Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash and Knudson says weather will be among several factors NTSB investigators will review;
The initial investigation was going very slowly because bad weather made travel to the site difficult. Interstate 90 has been closed from Chamberlain to the Wyoming state line since Friday.
The Pilatus PC-12, the plane flown by Boutique Airlines on its Chadron-Denver route, is a single-engine turboprop often used for corporate flights. It's considered one of the most versatile and valued business aircraft in the world.
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