The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the planes were located by its sonar team and two bodies were pulled from the water at 2.20pm local time.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the planes were located by its sonar team and two bodies were pulled from the water at 2.20pm local time. A statement said: “At this time it is believed there are no survivors.”
Witnesses told Fox News they saw the two planes crash near Powderhorn Bay.
The planes are in 127 feet of water and officials have warned there is unlikely to be any survivors.
John Cowles told the Spokesman-Review newpaper that he saw an “engine explosion”.
He added one of the plane’s wings then separated.
Lt. Ryan Higgins, of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement. “The planes are in about 120-130 feet (36-40 meters) of water.”
Higgins added two bodies had been pulled from the water, but the death toll is expected to rise.
“Initial reports are, there were a total of 8 passengers and crew on the two planes, but that is still being verified,” he said.
“At this time it is believed there are no survivors.”
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Higgins added six other people have not been recovered but are thought to be dead.
He added they include both adults and children.
However, it is not known how many victims were on each plane, Higgins told CNN.
The planes be recovered later today or tomorrow.
One of the planes involved was a Cessna 206, according to the Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
But the make and model of the other aircraft involved is not yet known.
Many eyewitnesses who either saw or heard the collision or were witness to the aftermath, Higgins said.
This is mainly because people were boating on the lake during the 4th of July holiday weekend.