Business Executive Brothers Identified As Victims in South Dakota Plane Crash
A pair of business executives were identified as two of the victims in a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine people, including two children, and injured several others over the weekend.
Brothers and founders of Idaho-based wellness brand, Kyäni Inc., Jim and Kirk Hansen, have been identified among the victims, along with their father, Jim Hansen Sr., Kirk Hansen’s children; Stockton and Logan, and sons-in-law; Kyle Taylor and Tyson Dennert, as well as Jim Hansen’s son, Jake, and grandson, Houston, according to ABC News.
Three family members were hospitalized after surviving the crash.
The victims ranged in age from 7 years old to 81.
“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," the family told CNN in a statement.
“Kirk and Jim’s legacy will continue to be protected by everyone who is related to Kyäni, and by making a better life possible through their mission and vision,” Kyäni president Travis Garza said in a statement to East Idaho News, adding: “although these developments are very sad for the Kyäni family, the family was smart enough to build a solid team that can move this company now and in the future.”
The Pilatus PC-12 plane crashed just before noon on Saturday as a winter storm overtook the region.
Peter Knudson, of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that while the cause of the crash has not yet been released, weather is thought to have been a factor, USA Today reported, and that central south-central South Dakota had been under a winter storm warning.
The FAA and the NTSB will investigate the crash.