Marine teams from the United States Coast Guard and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office are responding to a report of a plane crash in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Witnesses reported two planes crashing into each other over the water, then falling into the lake near Powderhorn Bay. According to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 2:20 pm.
The witness, John Cowles was at the lake with his family at the time the incident occurred. Cowles said he saw from his boat was seemed to be an “engine explosion” on a seaplane approximately 200 feet above. One of the wings of the plane broke off and it fell into the water. Also Read– Pak Airbus A320 plane crash reports claim “Human Error”
Cowles said he thought “beyond a reasonable doubt” that only a single plane was involved in the accident.
Planes flying at high speeds crash
Patrick Pearce, another witness said he was pulling out from the dock with his jet ski when he saw both planes crash into each other no more than 800 to 900 feet over the water. Pearce, who is a pilot himself, said the sound of the engines seemed as if both planes were going at high speeds.
Both planes crashed into each other at high speeds, making a metallic crashing sound rather than an explosion, Pearce said. He assumed that the wing of one plane crashed into the other plane’s cabin. Pearce then rushed over to the site of the crash but the only thing floating above was one pontoon from one of the planes.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be traveling to investigate.
The lake continues to be open to boaters, swimmers, and kayakers, however, the area of the crash is closed off.
The planes still remain under 120 to 130 feet of water. The number of occupants still remains unknown and no injuries or survivors have been confirmed.