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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:00 am

Central Washington University aviation department chair Amy Hoover survived a mid-air collision near an airstrip Monday morning in Idaho that killed another pilot, according to the Valley County Sheriff’s office in Cascade, Idaho.

The crash occurred near the Landmark Airstrip about 40 miles east of Cascade, which is about 70 miles north of Boise.

KBOI TV in Boise reported a helicopter transported Hoover, 52, to a hospital in nearby McCall, where she was treated and released.

Hoover was able to make an emergency landing in a grassy area near the airstrip. The other aircraft crashed about a mile or so away from the airstrip, according to Boise Weekly, bursting into flames.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told Boise Weekly there was one pilot on board each plane, a Cessna and American Champion.

CWU Chief of Staff Linda Schactler said she had heard from Hoover, who is doing well.

“She is fine, a little shaken, understandably,” Schactler said. “She’s just really thankful that she was able to make an emergency landing.”

Schactler said Hoover couldn’t share too many details, noting National Transportation Safety Board and other agency procedures.

The name of the other pilot had not been released this morning.

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