Author Topic: Two Planes Collide In Midair In Alaska Killing 7, Including State Representative  (Read 2259 times)

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“Seven people, including an Alaska state House of Representatives member, were killed Friday morning after two small planes collided near the city of Soldotna on Alaska’s southern coast.

Officials said the collision, between a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a Piper-PA12, happened at 8:30 a.m. local time, two miles northeast of Soldotna Airport, which is about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The lawmaker who was killed, Gary Knopp, was a Republican member of the state House of Representatives, the speaker of the House, Bryce Edgmon, said in a news release.

Mr. Knopp was piloting the Piper and was the sole occupant, Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska regional office of the National Transportation Safety Board, said. Six people were aboard the other plane, which was designed with pontoons to make water landings, he said.”