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Nine dead, three injured in U.S. plane crash

A single-engine turboprop aircraft similar to this one crashed in South Dakota on Saturday

Three survivors have been rushed to a nearby medical facility.

Staff from the Brule County Sheriff indicated a crash did occur near Chamberlain.

He said three family members were "seriously injured" in the crash.

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Investigators from the NTSB have been dispatched to the scene in rural Brule County, agency spokesman Knudson said.

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - A single-engine plane crashed near Chamberlain Saturday. An interstate highway also was closed from the town to Wyoming.

A weekend hunting trip has turned to heartbreaking tragedy Saturday afternoon (local time) after nine members of an eastern Idaho family were killed in an airplane crash.

Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen founded the Idaho-based company along with their wives, according to Kyäni's website.

Jim Hansen had an attention to detail.

The Hansen were active in the community of Idaho Falls and Jim Sr., along with his sons, held prominent positions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"They were our good friends", said Call. "They weren't showy but quiet, heavy contributors".

The plane was leaving from Chamberlain, South Dakota to Idaho and crashed shortly after takeoff. Visibility could fall to less than a mile, the weather service tweeted.

The area was placed under a winter storm weather warning. Local authorities were guarding the site on Sunday, he said. But investigators arrived Sunday morning, according to Benton.

A final report analysing the cause of the crash could take one to two years, but a preliminary report will be out within two weeks, according to Knudson.