July 07--One person died after two small planes collided in midair about 30 miles east of Cascade Monday morning, according to Boise National Forest officials. The name of the victim, a pilot, won't be released until family has been notified.
The other pilot in the collision survived without serious injury. She was identified Monday afternoon as Amy Hoover, a 52-year-old Ellensburg, Wash., woman.
The fatal plane crash occurred about 2.5 miles south of the Landmark Airstrip. The pilot and sole occupant of the plane died at the scene. The Valley County coroner has recovered the crash victim.
Hoover, who was also flying solo, was able to land. Early reports indicated that she landed the plane at the airstrip -- but an update from forest officials corrected the location of the landing. It was a grassy area about 1.4 miles southeast of the airstrip. Hoover was taken by air ambulance to the hospital in McCall. She was treated and released Monday.
The collision between the American Champion and Cessna occurred at about 8 a.m. Monday. Because of the remote location, it took a couple hours for rescue personnel to reach the planes, according to Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson.
Boise National Forest sent in firefighters via helicopters to put out the small fire, about a tenth of an acre. Others who were dispatched: a Forest Service firefighting crew, an engine and and law enforcement officer, four Valley County deputies, Cascade Ambulance and Cascade Fire Department.
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