At least nine dead in South Dakota plane crash

epa01673675 (FILES) A Pilatus PC-12 single engine airplane is shown in this photo taken 20 March 2008. According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus, a Pilatus PC-12 registered to Eagle Cap Leasing, Inc., of Enterprise, Oregon, USA flying from Oroville, California, USA crashed near the Butte, Montana, USA on 22 March 2009. Early repots indicate 17 people were killed in the crash, among them numerous children believed to be on a ski trip. According to Fergus, the pilot filed a flight plan with Bozeman, Montana, USA as the destination but changed its destination to Butte. EPA/WIKIPEDIA / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A plane crash in South Dakota claimed the lives of at least nine people, including the pilot and two children. The remaining three passengers on the Idaho-bound flight have been transported to medical facilities in Sioux Falls and are reportedly in critical condition, according to CBS News affiliate KELO.

The plane, a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop passenger aircraft, went down about a mile southwest of the Chamberlain airport. It had taken off a little before noon and was headed to Idaho Falls Regional Airport. As many as 12 people are believed to have been on board.

Plane crashes near Butte, Montana, USA
 A Pilatus PC-12 single engine airplane is shown in this file photo. EPA/WIKIPEDIA / HANDOUT 

Via CBS

 

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