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Small plane crash kills Idaho Falls residents

Jim Hansen and Kirk Hansen

UPDATE 8:00 p.m.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Members of an Idaho Falls family were killed Saturday afternoon in a South Dakota plane crash.

The crash claimed the lives of 9 people, including prominent businessmen Jim and Kirk Hansen, the pilot, 2 young children and four other males.

Three others survived the crash and are being treated at a local hospital.

The Hansen own K & J Super Stores, oil company Conrad and Bischoff and founders of the health and wellness company Kyani.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Chamberlain Municipal Airport around 12:30 p.m. in a nearby farm field.

Family friends said the men were on a traditional Thanksgiving hunting trip in South Dakota and were returning home.

Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3 are not releasing the other victim names at this time.



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A group of Idaho Falls residents were killed today when their small plane crashed in South Dakota.

According to Theresa Maule, the Brule County States Attorney said 12 people were on board the plane. Nine of them were killed including 2 children and the pilot. Three were rescued in extreme weather conditions.

The Pilatus PC-12 plane is owned by Conrad and Bischoff Inc. of Idaho Falls.

Initial reports indicate that it crashed shortly after take-off from the Chamberlin Municipal Airport with a destination to Idaho Falls.

Severe weather and high winds were reported at the time of the crash.

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Idaho Falls
Linda Larsen

Linda Larsen

Linda is an anchor and reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.



  1. I think it’s very irresponsible journalism to report who owned the plane prior to releasing the names of the victims. Kinda like reporting victims of a car accident and showing the license plate before the names are released.

    1. Actually, it was very easy to determine data on the flight using the Flight Aware website or App. This included the tail registration and ownership which is listed on the site or can be Googled with the FAA database.
      I personally found nothing insensitive or improper in the reporting.
      May the victims of the crash and their families find comfort and peace.

  2. It is with Heartfelt sorrow for the families who lost their loved ones in such a tragic way, that I am sending my thoughts and prayers to all family members for their loss and I pray they can find peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

    God be with you all!

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