There has been a tragedy in Nevada with a connection to the Southeast Texas aviation community. Reports are coming out of an area about 150 miles north of Las Vegas where two planes, owned by M & M Air Service in the Winnie area, collided and crashed Thursday afternoon while they were performing aerial firefighting on a wildfire there.
Both pilots died. Their identities have not yet been released, but initial reports say that although they were employees of M & M Air Service, they were not from this area.
One of the planes was reportedly based at Winnie, while the other was based in Fort Stockton, Texas.
M & M Air Service Vice President Andy Mitchell said "They had loaded fire retardant out of Mesquite, Nevada and were fighting the fire when the planes collided, killing each pilot."
Mitchell went on to say “One pilot had been an employee of ours for 20 years. The other pilot had also been firefighting for a long time. This was his first year to work for us. Both were experienced, Level 1 pilots."