The Idaho Falls community "has a dark cloud over it" following a plane crash that killed nine family members and injured three others Saturday, EastIdahoNews.com reports. The pilot and two children were among the nine who perished.
12 people were on board the plane and three were transported to Sioux Falls for medical treatment.
A group of Idaho Falls residents were killed today when their small plane crashed in South Dakota.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
FlightAware, an online aircraft tracking site, listed the plane that crashed Saturday near Chamberlain as registered to Conrad & Bischoff Inc., a petroleum products distributor based in Idaho Falls.
"The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions", the state's attorney office said.
Federal investigators had yet to reach the crash site on Sunday because of harsh wintry weather. The area of the crash was under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Knudson says weather will be among several factors NTSB investigators will review, but no cause has yet been determined.
"Many roads are ice covered, snow-packed and slippery, and have heavy drifting".
Theresa Maule Rossow said that the plane had left Chamberlain and was en route to Idaho. It reportedly went down in a cornfield south of Chamberlain. But the East Idaho News, citing relatives, identified the victims as Jim Hansen Sr., his sons, Kirk and Jim Hansen Jr., and six other family members, including two children.