Two pilots died as their firefighthing aircraft crashed on Sunday afternoon into rugged terrain near Utah-Nevada border and dropped on a 5,000 acre wildfire.
The two pilot are identified as Pilot Todd Neal Tompkins and co-pilot Ronnie Edwin Chambless, both of Boise,Idaho. The air tanker, a Lockheed Martin P2V, was en route to drop chemical fire retardant on the White Rock Fire in the Hamblin Valley that started Friday night about 25 miles northeast of Caliente, Nevada.
The Iron County Sheriff's Emergence Response team was able get to the crash location, confirmed the two pilots aboard were dead and recover their bodies before the wildfire overtook the crash site. The incident is under investigation by the National Safety Transportation Board (NSTB) and no reason for accident revealed.