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3 dead, 3 injured in McCall, Idaho, airport collision

Associated Press - May 3, 2008 3:05 PM ET

McCALL, Idaho (AP) - Two small airplanes collided at the McCall Municipal Airport and burst into flames last night, killing three and sending three others to hospitals.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles says the accident happened when a Cessna 172 with two people aboard was landing and struck another Cessna 172 with four people aboard on the runway about 7 p.m.. Gregor says both aircraft exploded on impact.

KTVB in Boise reports 52-year-old Bill Keating, of McCall, the pilot of 1 of the aircraft, and two grandsons, ages 1 and 6, from Caldwell, Idaho, died at the scene.

KTVB reports another grandson, 2, was flown to the University of Utah Burn Center in critical condition with third-degree burns. A spokeswoman said she could give no information on the child's condition Saturday because of federal privacy laws.

The pilot of the other aircraft, 30-year-old Justin Mooney, of Post Falls, Idaho, and 27-year-old passenger Mark Fuller, of Hayden, Idaho, pulled the 2-year-old from the burning plane. They were treated and released from McCall Memorial Hospital.

Gregor says Mooney and Fuller had taken off from Felts Field at Spokane, Wash., and were landing at the McCall airstrip when the planes collided. KTVB reports Keating had picked up his grandsons at Caldwell about 6 p.m. and flew to McCall for a visit.

The McCall airport has no air traffic control tower. It remains closed today while the cause of the accident is investigated. Gregor says FAA inspectors were on the scene today and a National Transportation Safety Board inspector was en route.

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