The two planes sank into the lake shortly after the accident. Two victims, both deceased, were recovered before the planes sank.
Boaters flag down authorities to a crashed seaplane near Powderhorn Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Sunday, July 5, 2020, south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The downed plane can be seen in the right side of the image. (Photo: COEUR D’ALENE PRESS OUT via AP)
At least 8 people are believed to be dead after two planes collided over a lake in the US state of Idaho. The two planes collided over Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho and then sank, according to a report in CNN.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Higgins confirmed the same to the publication and told that a call came in immediately after the two places collided.
Two victims, both deceased, were recovered from the planes before they sank, Higgins said.
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While the remaining six victims have not been traced yet, they are believed to be dead, Higgins told CNN. People who were killed in the accident include both children and adults. However, no further details have been provided.
Investigators are yet to determine the reason behind the mid-air collision or the number of people seated in each plane.
According to the report, the planes were located by a sonar team deep in the water. Higgins added that recovering the debris from the collision will take at least a day or two.
The CNN report, quoting Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor, confirmed that one of the aircraft involved in the accident was a Cessna 206. However, investigators are yet to determine the make and model number of the other aircraft involved in the tragic incident
Both FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision at the moment.
It may be noted that several witnesses either saw or heard the collision; some were witness to the aftermath, according to Higgins.
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