At least two people were killed Sunday in the crash of two single-engine aircraft that ended up plunging into Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the U.S. Sheriff’s Office in Kootenai County reported.
In a statement, the authorities explained that the bodies of the two dead had already been recovered, and stressed that, according to preliminary information, the two planes were carrying a total of eight people, including passengers and crew. “At this time it is believed that there are no survivors,” the note said. The Sheriff’s Office added that around 14.20 local time (20.20 GMT) it received a first warning that a plane had crashed into Lake Coeur d’Alene, near Powderhorn Bay.
Rescue teams went to the scene and witnesses said they had seen two aircraft crash into the water before they fell into the lake. Both planes have been located 127 feet underwater (about 38 meters deep). The Kootenai County diving team is not equipped to reach this depth, and authorities have indicated that they may have to hire the services of a private company to continue the rescue work.