Two pilots were killed Thursday when their air tankers collided in midair as they were helping to fight a large wildfire in southern Nevada, federal officials said.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management suggested in a statement that the deceased were “contract pilots.” “Recovery operations are currently underway and initial notifications are still being made,” it said.
The sheriff in Lincoln County, where the collision occurred, didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said that neither aircraft was able to land.
The cause of the 12:55 p.m. incident wasn’t immediately clear, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement...Read More