One dead after planes collide in mid-air near Cascade

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by Katie Terhune

KREM.com

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 1:10 PM

CASCADE - A mid-air collision between two private aircraft at a rural airstrip sent one of the planes into the forest in a fiery crash, killing the pilot.

According to officials with the Boise National Forest, the crash happened at 8 a.m. about 30 miles east of Cascade. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said investigators don't yet know what caused the Cessna and the American Champion too collide.

One of the planes landed safely after the collision, and officials say that pilot was taken to a local hospital by air ambulance.

But the impact sent the second plane crashing to the ground about a mile from the airstrip, killing the pilot. There were no passengers in either plane.

Flames from the wreckage ignited a small fire. Boise National Forest firefighters are working now to extinguish the fire, which is burning in one-tenth of an acre.

One Forest Service fire crew, an engine and a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer are on the scene, along with four Valley County Sheriff's Office deputies, Cascade Ambulance, and Cascade Fire Department.

Both the FAA and the National Transportaion Safety board are investigating the crash, but the NTSB will be the lead agency, Kenitzer said.

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