METROGRAB - Children among nine dead after flight goes down take-off Picture of Pilatus PC-12

A Pilatus PC-12 plane (not pictured) crashed, killing nine people on board (Picture: Pilatus Aircraft)

Authorities have confirmed nine people have been killed in a plane crash in South Dakota.

Casualties included two children and the pilot, with a further three people surviving the crash in rural Brule County on Saturday.

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 plane went down at around 12:30pm shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, about 140 miles (225.3 kilometres) west of Sioux Falls.

The aircraft, which had 12 people on board, was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Brule County States Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow confirmed the deaths, saying: ‘The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in the extreme weather conditions.’

Media reports say Chamberlain and central south-central South Dakota were under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash.

Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety says the weather will be among several factors NTSB investigators will review, but no cause has yet been determined.

He said inclement weather is making travel to the site difficult.

The three survivors are currently receiving hospital treatment in Sioux Falls.

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