4 Generations of a family killed on a hunting trip when their plane crashes in South Dakota
Nine people representing four generations of an Idaho Falls family were killed in a plane crash in South Dakota while traveling for a hunting trip, according to a company where two of the victims were executives.
Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen, founders of health and wellness company Kyni Inc., were on the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 with their father, Jim Hansen Sr., when it crashed after takeoff Saturday in Chamberlain, South Dakota, Kyni president Travis Garza said in a statement. There were three survivors.
Also killed in the crash were Jim Hansen Jr.'s son, Jake Hansen, and Jake's son, Houston. Kirk Hansen's sons, Stockton and Logan, and his sons-in-law, Kyle Naylor and Tyson Dennert, died in the crash.
"We are deeply sad to announce that yesterday, we lost our precious founders Jim and Kirk in a tragic plane crash," Garza said in a statement that identified the family members. "We are all mourning and ask your prayers."
Jim and Kirk Hansen each had sons who survived, along with one of Jim Hansen Jr.'s sons-in-law, Garza's statement said. They were transported to hospitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Swiss-made turboprop carrying the family was destined for Idaho Falls Regional Airport in the southeast portion of Idaho, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
Though it was not clear if the crash was related to weather, the plane went down before noon Saturday amid a major winter storm, with snow falling at a rate of about an inch an hour, officials said. Visibility on Saturday was at times less than a mile, the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said.
"Although these developments are very sad for the Kyni family, the family was smart enough to build a solid team that can move this company now and in the future," Garza's statement said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.