Two founders of health and wellness company Kyäni Inc., were among the nine killed in a plane crash in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the company said Sunday.
Twelve people between the ages of 7 and 81 were on board the Pilatus PC-12 bound for Idaho Falls on Saturday, when the plane crashed at approximately 12:30 pm, one kilometer after take-off.
The plane had embarked shortly before noon from Chamberlain, South Dakota, and crashed about a mile southwest of there, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two children and the pilot were among the dead, local media reported, citing Theresa Maule Rossow, the state's attorney for Brule County. The survivors have been transported to Sioux Falls medical facilities for treatment. Skidmore said. "I believe God puts people like them on the earth to help people like me and you".
Knudson told the Associated Press weather will be among several factors that the agency will investigate, but said it was too early to determine. Among those killed were two children and the pilot, authorities say. The Weather Service warned of ice, snow and winds as fast as 40 miles per hour, as stormy weather across the country is predicted to hit millions of travellers returning home after Thanksgiving.
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Authorities have not released the names of the victims. Not only were they well-known businessmen but they served in prominent positions with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishoprics and stake presidencies.
"Their influence in the community and church will be heavily felt", Kevin Call, a friend of the family, told East Idaho News. "They weren't showy but quiet, heavy contributors".
"Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility", the National Weather Service said in its alert.
Photo of a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine plane courtesy of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.