Weather ham­pers probe of S.D. plane crash that killed 9

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CHAMBERLAI­N, S.D. — Harsh weather Sun­day pre­vented fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors from reach­ing the site where a sin­gle-en­gine plane crashed a day ear­lier, killing nine peo­ple and in­jur­ing three oth­ers.

Peter Knud­son with the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said three in­ves­ti­ga­tors were stuck in Sioux Falls, about 140 miles east of the crash site in Chamberlai­n, in south­cen­tral South Dakota.

Twelve peo­ple were aboard the Pi­la­tus PC-12 bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, when it crashed a mile af­ter take­off about 12:30 p.m. Satur­day, he said.

Au­thor­i­ties have not re­leased the names of the vic­tims. A Brule County of­fi­cial told the Sioux Falls Ar­gus Leader that pas­sen­gers ranged in age from 7 to 81. The three sur­vivors were men ages 28, 27 and 17.

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