Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Nine people -- all members of an eastern Idaho family -- died in a plane crash shortly after takeoff in a snowstorm in South Dakota, authorities said.
Three other passengers survived the crash Saturday afternoon in Chamberlain, according to the Brule County Sheriff's Office. The passengers ranged from 7 to 81, including three male survivors 17, 27 and 28, Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton told the Argus Leader.
The family was visiting South Dakota from Idaho Falls for a weekend hunting trip. The plane flew into Chamberlain on Friday morning, according to FlightAware.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.
At the time of the crash, snow was falling at up to an inch an hour and visibility was less than a mile in South Dakota, the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls posted on Twitter.
"The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in the extreme weather conditions," Brule County States Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said in a statement.
Killed were Jim Hansen Sr., his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen Jr., and six other family members, the East Idaho News reported. The dead included two children and the pilot.
The Hansens were executives with Conrad & Bischoff, Kyani and KJ's Super Stores.
The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, since 1991.