A small business plane carrying 12 people has crashed near Chamberlain in South Dakota, local and federal officials say.
12 people were on board the plane and three were transported to Sioux Falls for medical treatment. The Weather Service warned of ice, snow and winds gusts asstormy weather around the U.S. is predicted to hit millions of travellers returning from Thanksgiving trips.
The crash happened as major winter weather barreled through the region, FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said.
A Pilatus PC-12, the same type of plane that crashed near Chamberlain, S.D., on Sunday.
The NTSB also confirmed via Twitter it was aware of the crash.
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The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
He added, however, that inclement weather is making it hard to travel to the site, possibly delaying their investigations. "Motorists are asked to postpone any travel until weather and road conditions improve and heed the many posted "No Travel Advisories".
Two Idaho Falls businessmen were on the aircraft with their father and other family members.
The outlet reported that the family had travelled to South Dakota for an annual Thanksgiving hunting trip. The airplane was registered to Conrad and Bischoff Inc. of Idaho Falls, according to FAA records. Of the 12 passengers onboard, nine were killed, including two minor children and the pilot.