PC-12 Crash Claims Nine Lives

At least nine people, including the pilot, were killed in the crash of a Pilatus PC-12 on November 30 in South Dakota. According to reports, the fully-loaded single-engine turboprop went down in a cornfield soon after takeoff from Chamberlain Municipal Airport around 12:30 p.m. local time. Three survivors were taken to area hospitals.

The 2013 aircraft was headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho, when it crashed. Local media described the passengers as members of the family-owned Conrad & Bischoff— the company to which the PC-12 was registered. The family was returning from an annual Thanksgiving-weekend hunting trip. The aircraft arrived in Chamberlain the day before the crash after a flight from Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

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At the time of the accident, the area was under a winter-storm warning, and visibility was a half mile. Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton noted that aircraft were unable to land at Chamberlain at the time of the crash due to deteriorating conditions.