Two single-engine planes collided in the air on Thursday afternoon during firefighting activities in southeastern Nevada, according to reports.
Both pilots died in the crash and recovery efforts were made, FOX 5 from Las Vegas reported.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the two pilots and to all those working with the BLM Nevada Ely District,” said BLM Nevada State Director John Rabi.
“BLM” refers to the State Land Management Bureau.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Fox News that the accident happened while the planes were fighting the bishop’s fire near Caliente, Nev., Around 1
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.
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Investigators have not yet verified the queue numbers of the plane at the crash site.
Each plane had only the pilot on board, authorities said.
The tankers’ planes can carry up to 800 gallons of flame retardant and can provide service to areas inaccessible to large tankers, FOX 5 reported.
The 500-acre blaze began Wednesday in an area about 17 miles southwest of Caliente and 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.