Coroner identifies pilot killed in plane crash east of Cascade

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comJuly 10, 2014 

A 45-year-old Colorado man has been identified at the pilot who died following a plane collision in the skies over Valley County Monday morning.

The victim was Michael A. Bond, Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess said Thursday. Hess said Bond's family has been notified. Hess did not have a hometown for Bond. Hess said Bond had been working with a flight instructor the day of the crash.

Bond had held a pilot's license since at least 2001, according to the Federal Aviation Administration pilot database.

Bond died after an 8 a.m. Monday after his plane collided with another plane about 30 miles east of Cascade. The other pilot, 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Wash., was able to land her plane.

Hoover has held a pilot's license since 2003, FAA records show. She is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Bond's plane crashed about 2.5 miles south of the Landmark Airstrip. Hoover landed in a grassy area about 1.5 miles southeast of the airstrip. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

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