Three children among eight people killed in horrific two-plane crash

Australian Associated Press
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Three children were among at least eight people killed when two planes collided over a lake.

One of the aircraft was a float plane that operates scenic flights over Lake Coeur d' Alene, in the US state of Idaho, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said on Monday (local time).

That plane was carrying five passengers, including three children, and a pilot.

The second plane was a Cessna 206 that was carrying at least two people.

A crashed seaplane (far right) in the water at Lake Coeur d'Alene on July 5 after two planes collided in Idaho.
A crashed seaplane (far right) shown on Lake Coeur d'Alene on July 5. Source: AAP

A sheriff's dive team located the wreckage in about 40m of water and the bodies of three victims had been recovered so far, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the scene.

The planes collided in the air near Powderhorn Bay about 3.30pm (local time) on Sunday and plunged into the water.

The lake was busy with boaters on the Fourth of July weekend and numerous personal boats went to the scene immediately in search of survivors.

Witnesses told news outlets they saw the two planes flying towards each other and colliding in mid-air, then plunging into the lake.

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