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Pilot of plane that crashed in South Dakota, killing 9, was given permission to fly despite wintry weather

Added 12-03-19 12:13:02pm EST - “The pilot of a plane that crashed in South Dakota and left nine members of the same family dead was granted permission to travel despite the limited visibility brought on by the snowy and wintry weather that day, federal officials…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Pilot of plane that crashed in South Dakota, killing 9, was given permission to fly despite wintry weather”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The pilot of a plane that crashed in South Dakota and left nine members of the same extended family dead was granted permission for travel despite limited visibility brought on by the snowy and wintry weather that day, federal officials said.

The Pilatus PC-12 was cleared to fly to Idaho Falls Saturday after its pilot filed with the FAA an instrument flight rules plan (IFR), detailing how he would be able to navigate amid the turbulent weather, the National Transportation and Safety Board said in a press release. But when the pilot failed to activate the plan shortly after departure from the Chamberlain Municipal Airport, officials issued an alert for the missing plane.

When the plane went down around 12:30 p.m. — just four minutes after takeoff — visibility was at about a half mile, with “moderate snow and icing, low-level wind shear, and clear air turbulence conditions with overcast skies," according to NTSB.

Only three of the 12 people aboard the small aircraft survived the crash. They were transported to Sioux Falls for treatment and were in stable condition on Monday.

Four generations of the same Idaho family were killed in the incident, including brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen, the founders of wellness company Kyani.

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