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Nine killed, three injured in US plane crash
Nine killed, three injured in US plane crash

Washington, Dec 1 (TIWN) Nine people, including two children, were killed and three others injured in a plane crash in the US state of South Dakota.

Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board said the Pilatus PC-12 had 12 people on board when it crashed at about 12:30 p.m., shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, about 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Nine people were killed in the crash and three were injured. The plane was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, Knudson said.

Theresa Maule Rossow, Brule County State's Attorney, said two children were among the fatalities.

One survivor was admitted to a hospital in Chamberlain, another was taken to Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, and the most critical was taken to Sioux Falls by ambulance, Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton said. 

The ages of the passengers ranged from 7 to 81. The survivors are three men ages 17, 27 and 28, Benton said.

The plane flew into Chamberlain from Idaho Falls on Friday morning, according to FlightAware. Its flight log also shows frequent flights in the past month, including trips to Everett, Washington; Las Vegas; and Nampa, Idaho.

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