Noem settles on roomy turboprop for new state airplane

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s purchase of an updated state airplane was completed Thursday with the state opting for a less flashy but still upscale turboprop aircraft after some lawmakers questioned whether she wanted a jet.

The Department of Transportation purchased a 2015 Beechcraft King Air 350 for about $4.5 million. The aircraft, which holds up to nine passengers, is marketed to business executives with pull-out work tables onboard Wi-Fi.

Legislators were skeptical earlier this year when she requested a $5 million allocation to update the state’s plane fleet. Some believed she was angling to buy a jet.

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