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US Lawmaker Among Seven Killed After Two Planes Collided Midair in Alaska

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There have been no survivors of the crash close to the airport in Soldotna, a metropolis on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers stated in a written assertion.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 10:05 AM IST

A midair airplane collision in Anchorage on Friday killed seven folks, together with a state lawmaker who was piloting one of many plane, Alaska officers stated.

There have been no survivors of the crash close to the airport in Soldotna, a metropolis on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers stated in a written assertion.

State Rep. Gary Knopp, who represented the realm, was alone in one of many planes. The different airplane was carrying 4 vacationers from South Carolina, a information from Kansas and a pilot from Soldotna, the troopers stated.

All seven victims have been pronounced useless on the website aside from one one who died whereas being transported to a hospital, in keeping with the troopers. Crash particles fell on a freeway, which was shut down briefly out of security considerations.

The Federal Aviation Administration recognized one of many planes as a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Knopp, 67, was a Republican and a member of the state House bipartisan majority. Several colleagues expressed condolences.

“I’m devastated and shocked to learn of the crash that claimed Gary Knopp’s life,” House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, an impartial, stated in an announcement. “Gary was a one-of-a-kind leader and a true Alaskan who worked tirelessly for his district in the Legislature. He will be missed by many.”

The different victims have been recognized as pilot Gregory Bell, 67, information David Rogers, 40, and the South Carolina guests: Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23.

The final deadly midair collision in Alaska occurred in May of 2019 close to Ketchikan. Six folks have been killed when two planes ferrying cruise ship passengers on sightseeing expeditions struck one another. Ten survivors of that collision have been rescued from the positioning.


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