Report: Fatal plane crash on Lake Coeur d’Alene caused by both pilots failing to see each other

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The final NTSB report for a plane crash that killed eight people over Lake Coeur d’Alene states that the cause of the accident was the failure of both pilots to see and avoid each other.

On July 5, 2020, a Cessna and a De Havilland were destroyed after crashing mid-air. All eight people on the planes died.

Witnesses told the NTSB the airplanes were flying directly toward each other before they crashed about 700 to 800 feet above the water. Some say the Cessna was at a lower altitude and began climbing before the collision.

One witness video shows both airplanes at level flight before the crash.

The NTSB said there was no evidence of mechanical failure by either airplane. The impact angle could not be determined due to a lack of evidence.

You can find the full crash report below:

2020 Coeur d’Alene Plane Crash Report by News4 Kxly on Scribd

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