BLM Plane Crash Near Utah Nevada Border Kills Two Idaho Pilots


By Paul Johnson

Hamblin Valley, Utah (KMVT-TV) Two Idaho Bureau of Land Management crew members died in a crash near the Utah-Nevada border. The plane was a heavy air tanker fighting forest fires that crashed Sunday afternoon. According to the Missoulian newspaper, the heavy air tanker was piloted by Capt. Todd Neal Tompkins and co-piloted by First Officer Ronnie Edwin Chambless, both of Boise, Idaho, said the sheriff's department of Iron County, Utah. The crash occurred near Pioche, in Lincoln County, which is about 180 miles north of Las Vegas. The cause of the crash is unknown.

(CNN) -- An air tanker crashed while fighting a fire in western Utah on Sunday, killing two pilots, a spokesman for local authorities said.
The crash took place near the Utah-Nevada state line, said Detective Sgt. Jody Edwards, a spokesman for the Iron County, Utah, sheriff. When it went down, the tanker was on its second run of the day fighting the White Rock Fire, and was loaded with about 1,600 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of water and fire retardant, he said.
It was not immediately known what caused the crash, which took place in steep, mountainous terrain.
The plane was owned by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula, Montana.

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