3 confirmed dead, several missing in Lake Coeur d’Alene plane crash

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — Three people were confirmed dead and several others remain missing after two planes collided over Lake Coeur d’Alene on Sunday.

Lt. Ryan Higgins with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said three bodies were pulled from the water, but initial reports indicate there were a total of up to eight passengers between the two planes.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation and identified the aircraft involved as a Cessna TU206G and a de Havilland DHC-2, which is a seaplane.

The seaplane belonged to Brooks Seaplanes, a tour service based in Coeur d’Alene. On Monday, Higgins said there were three children and two adults on board at the time of the crash.

Higgins said both planes were located by their Sonar Team and remain under 127 feet below the surface.

Authorities have launched their operations from the Sunup Bay Boat Launch in Worley. The area is closed and will remain shut down until further notice.

The NTSB said their on-scene investigation could last anywhere from five to 10 days. The full investigation could take 12 to 24 months.

With the boats still in the water, they will focus on recovery efforts first. When they are done, they will decide the best action to bring up the wreckage.

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