Two Idaho pilots died Sunday when their air tanker crashed as they were fighting a wildfire in Iron County.
Captain Todd Neal Tompkins, 48, and first officer Ronnie Edwin Chambless, 40, were flying a P-2V heavy air tanker that went down about 2 p.m. in the area of the White Rock Fire, about 22 miles west of Modena, said officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The private plane, which was contracted through Neptune Aviation Services, of Missoula, Mont, was dropping retardant on the fire, said Iron County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jody Edwards. A crew on a helicopter nearby saw the crash and told ground crews that "it didn't look good," Edwards said.