Idaho plane crash: At least two people have died
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the planes were located by its sonar team and two bodies were pulled from the water at 2.20pm local time. A statement said: “At this time it is believed there are no survivors.”
Witnesses told Fox News they saw the two planes crash near Powderhorn Bay.
The planes are in 127 feet of water and officials have warned there is unlikely to be any survivors.
John Cowles told the Spokesman-Review newpaper that he saw an “engine explosion”.
He added one of the plane’s wings then separated.
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Lt. Ryan Higgins, of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement. “The planes are in about 120-130 feet (36-40 meters) of water.”
Higgins added two bodies had been pulled from the water, but the death toll is expected to rise.
“Initial reports are, there were a total of 8 passengers and crew on the two planes, but that is still being verified,” he said.
“At this time it is believed there are no survivors.”
Idaho plane crash: The cause of the crash will be investigated
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said one of the aircraft was a Cessna 206.
This is capable of carrying up to six people.
“We do not yet know the make and model of the other aircraft,” he said.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the crash.
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