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. at Landmark Airstrip 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 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 52-year-old Amy Hoover, from Ellensburg, Wash., was taken to a local hospital in McCall by air ambulance. She has since been treated and released from the hospital.
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.
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.