Two single-engine planes crashed during firefighting activities in southeastern Nevada on Thursday afternoon.
Both pilots were killed in the crash and recovery was underway, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.
“My sincere condolences to the families of the two pilots and everyone who works with the BLM Nevada Ely County,” said BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby for the station.
“BLM” means the State Office for Land Management.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman told Fox News that the accident occurred while planes were fighting a bishop’s fire near Caliente, Nevada, around 1 p.m.
The investigation will be conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident.
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Investigators have yet to verify the tail numbers of the aircraft at the crash site.
It had only one pilot on board the aircraft.
Tankers can carry up to 800 gallons of flame retardant and can provide services in areas not accessible to large tankers, FOX 5 said.
The 500-acre fire started Wednesday in an area about 17 miles southwest of Caliente and 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.