Nevada firefighting planes collide midair; both pilots dead, authorities say

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Two single-engine planes collided in midair Thursday afternoon during firefighting activities in southeastern Nevada, according to reports.

Both pilots were killed in the crash and a recovery effort was underway, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the two pilots and to all those working with the BLM Nevada Ely District,” BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby told the station.

A  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman told Fox News the accident occurred while the planes were fighting the Bishop Fire near Caliente, Nev., around 1 p.m.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.

A  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman told Fox News the accident occurred while the planes were fighting the Bishop Fire near Caliente, Nev. around 1 p.m. (Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire)

Tanker planes can carry as much as 800 gallons of fire retardant and can provide service to areas that are unreachable for large tankers, FOX 5 reported.

The 500-acre wildfire started Wednesday in an area about 17 miles southwest of Caliente and 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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