Eight fearful deaths when two planes collide in Idaho

(Reuters) – Two bodies were recovered and six other people are believed to have died when two planes collided in mid-air and crashed into Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, local police said Sunday night.

Initial reports indicate that there were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes, but that is still being verified. At this time there are believed to be no survivors, ”said the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. The victims included adults and children.

Investigators have not yet established the cause of the collision. The planes sank in 127 feet of water after crashing into the lake, the statement added.

Local media reported that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the collision and that a plane involved in the collision was a Cessna 206.

Kanishka Singh’s report in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Graff

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