2 Planes Collide In Valley County
A mid-air collision of two small planes at a rural airstrip sent one of the planes into the woods in a fiery crash, killing the pilot.
According to officials with the Boise National Forest, the crash happened at 8 a.m. Monday at Landmark Airstrip about 30 miles east of Cascade. Investigators don't know what caused the Cessna and the American Champion to collide.
One of the planes landed safely after the collision in a grassy area around a mile and a half from the airstrip, and officials say that the female pilot was taken to a local hospital in McCall by air ambulance.
But the impact sent the second plane crashing to the ground about two and a half miles 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.
The National Transportaion Safety board is investigating the crash.