US 2 business executives and their father identified as victims in South Dakota plane crash

05:40  02 december  2019
05:40  02 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Two business executives and their father have been identified among the nine people killed when a plane crashed in South Dakota . Kirk and Jim Hansen Jr, their father Jim Hansen Sr and six other family members all died when their plane went down in a field near Chamberlain, South Dakota

Nine people are dead, including two children and the pilot, authorities say, after a plane crashed near Chamberlain, S . D ., near the center of the state. Twelve people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 when it crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon en route from Chamberlain to Idaho Falls, Idaho

a man wearing a suit and tie posing for a photo: Kirk Hansen, left, and Jim Hansen were among the nine killed in a South Dakota plane crash.© Kyani Inc. Kirk Hansen, left, and Jim Hansen were among the nine killed in a South Dakota plane crash.

The founders of health and wellness company Kyäni Inc., along with their father, were among the nine killed in a plane crash in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the company said Sunday.

Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen founded the Idaho-based company along with their wives, according to Kyäni's website. Their father, Jim Hansen Sr., was also on the flight, according to a statement from the Hansen family.

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"The legacy of Jim Hansen, Kirk Hansen and their father Jim Hansen Sr., will be preserved and will flourish through their families and established Business Partners today, tomorrow and into the future," a statement from the family said.

Kirk Hansen was described as an innovator. "When Kirk sees an opportunity, he learns new skills to make it happen," Kyäni's website said.

Jim Hansen had an attention to detail.

"Jim's hands-on leadership enables him to understand every nuance of the business because he works shoulder to shoulder with his employees," the website said.

Saturday's plane crash took place just before noon (1 p.m. EST) as a major winter weather barreled through the region, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

There were 12 people on the plane. Three survivors were taken to Sioux Falls for treatment.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Pilot in the South Dakota plane crash was given the OK to fly in limited visibility, NTSB says .
The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the plane to fly in half-mile visibility.The pilot initially filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) -- which describes how an aircraft operates when a pilot is unable to navigate with visual references -- with the FAA. The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 was cleared on Saturday to fly from Chamberlain Municipal Airport to Idaho Falls, Idaho, the NTSB said. The visibility that day was about half a mile with snow and ice along with overcast skies, the NTSB said.

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