COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Two people died in a plane crash Sunday over Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, and as many as six other people may be missing, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses said they saw two planes colliding above the water, then crashing into the lake near Powderhorn Bay, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The crash happened around 2:20 p.m.
Lt. Ryan Higgins with the sheriff’s office confirmed two bodies had been recovered from the planes. The victims have not been identified.
Investigators are checking initial reports that there were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Sunday night. Investigators do not believe there are other survivors in the crash.
According to the news release, both planes were located via sonar and are in 127 feet of water. Information about the planes is being verified and will be released once information can be confirmed.
John Cowles told the newspaper that he was on the lake with his family at the time of the crash. Cowles said he saw what appeared to be an “engine explosion” on a seaplane flying no more than 200 feet (61 meters) overhead. One of the plane’s wings then separated, and the plane fell into the water.