A small passenger plane transporting 12 people has crashed near Chamberlain in South Dakota, killing at least nine of them, local and federal officials state. Three people are thought to have survived.
The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday when the aircraft, a single-engine Pilatus PC-12, went down south of Chamberlain. It had taken off from Chamberlain Municipal Airport for a flight to Idaho Falls.
Authorities verified that 12 people were on board the aircraft, and nine of them were killed in the crash, including two children. The three survivors were injured but there was no direct word on their condition.
The area of the crash was beneath a winter storm warning with a few inches of snow accumulating, according to the National Weather Service.
The plane was en route to Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Idaho when it went down, the FAA stated.