A pilot was believed to have died Friday when he crashed his cargo plane after a midair collision with another aircraft near Nightmute, in southwestern Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The pilot of the second plane, a Ryan Air cargo jet, managed to land safely nearby on the tundra.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the midair collision was reported at about 4:00pm local time, with troopers and medics flying to the remote scene in a helicopter from Bethel, about 100 miles (160km) east of Nightmute.

Ryan Air pilot Kirsten Sprague, 26, showed no apparent signs of injury when she was found by rescuers but was taken to a Bethel hospital as a precaution, Peters said.

The pilot of the crashed plane, Scott Veal, 24, was believed to be dead, troopers said. Peters said his body was not recovered from the wreckage, but there were no signs of life found at the scene.

The Cessna 208 Caravan Veal he was flying, operated by air taxi and cargo operator Grant Aviation, burst into flames after it crashed.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.