2 planes collide while battling wildfire in Nevada; pilots killed in collision

  • Source: KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas
  • Published: 07/31/2020 12:00 AM

Two single-engine planes collided Thursday afternoon while trying to contain a wildfire near Caliente, Nev., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The collision occurred at about 1 p.m. between two Air Tractor AT8T airplanes. They were deployed to help battle the Bishop Fire, about 17 miles from Caliente. Officials say one person was aboard each aircraft at the time of the crash, and the Bureau of Land Management later confirmed the pilots died in the collision. “We offer 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 Jon Raby. Ground and aerial resources continued to take on the Bishop Fire in Rainbow Canyon as of Thursday afternoon, with the blaze approximately 500 acres.


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