The accident occurred this Saturday, November 30. The region was under weather alert for a winter storm
Extreme weather conditions were at the origin of a collective drama. A plane crash occurred in the United States this Saturday, November 30, in South Dakota, killing nine people including two children, said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Three other people were injured in the accident of this Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine aircraft with 12 people on board. According to the FAA, the aircraft was in the takeoff phase.
The pilot was killed, said local prosecutor Theresa Maule Rossow. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported on Twitter that it was investigating “the crash of a PC-12 Pilatus near Chamberlain“. The plane took off shortly before noon local time (21:00 GMT) from Chamberlain to Idaho Falls, a thousand miles to the west.
The region was under weather alert for a winter storm. The US Meteorological Institute had forecast gusty snowfalls that “could dramatically reduce visibility“. “The men and women of law enforcement, relief and medical personnel must be commended for their heroic action to save the victims in extreme weather conditions,” said the prosecutor’s office.