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Firefighting aircraft collide in southeast Nevada; 2 pilots die

Bishop Fire photographs.
Bishop Fire photographs.(Bureau of Land Management)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 5:54 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 8:21 PM PDT
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CALIENTE, Nev. (KOLO) -8:05 P.M. UPDATE: The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday night that both pilots were killed in a mid-air collision while fighting the Bishop Fire 17 miles southwest of Caliente.

Recovery operations are still underway for the crash of two single-engine air tankers that happened about 12:55 p.m.

“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.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two single-engine air tankers collided about 1 p.m. Thursday while fighting the 14,000-acre Bishop Fire in southeast Nevada, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Both were Air Tractor AT8T aircraft. One person was aboard each aircraft, but the conditions of the pilots were not immediately available.

The Bishop Fire is about 17 miles southwest of Caliente in Lincoln County.

The FAA said the crash happened near the intersection of Kane Springs Road and Riggs Road.

There is 258 fire personnel on the fire, which is expected to be contained on Aug. 6. The fire is human-caused and started Wednesday about 12:15 p.m.

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