Aircraft hits power line over Twin Lakes

Aircraft hits power line over Twin Lakes
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An aircraft clipped a power line over Lower Twin Lake Sunday afternoon. Now, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office needs help to identify that aircraft.

Witnesses saw the plane flying low around 4:15 p.m. According to KCSO, witnesses saw the aircraft hit the power line and then continue flying west. Those witnesses also saw a piece of the aircraft fall into the water.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is concerned that the pilot may not know he or she hit a power line and damaged the aircraft. KCSO said the main concern is public safety and to avoid further incidents if the aircraft is damaged.

KCSO described the aircraft as a small civilian craft that is white over blue, possibly with wings on top of the fuselage. Witnesses said the aircraft also had large field or backcountry tires. Anyone with information about the aircraft should call the sheriff’s office at (208) 446-1300.

The power line was severely damaged and there may be power outages in the Twin Lakes area for several hours while repairs happen.

Part of Lower Twin Lakes, south of the channel, will be closed for the public’s safety during repairs. Additionally, Twin Lakes Road will be closed, possibly for several hours, while the power line is restored. Avoid the area if possible.