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US Midair collision kills 7 in Alaska, including state lawmaker

15:28  01 august  2020
15:28  01 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A midair plane collision in Anchorage on Friday killed seven people, including a state lawmaker who was piloting one of the aircraft, Alaska officials said. There were no survivors of the crash near the airport in Soldotna, a city on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska

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Two small planes collided in the air in Alaska on Friday, killing all seven people on both aircraft, including a state representative from the area, state troopers said.

a large tree in a forest: A crash involving two aircraft near Soldotna, Alaska has resulted in the deaths of seven people, according to Alaska State Troopers. © KTUU A crash involving two aircraft near Soldotna, Alaska has resulted in the deaths of seven people, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. local time in Soldotna, about 150 miles south of Anchorage, troopers said in a statement.

One plane was piloted by Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai, troopers said. He was the only person on board.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A midair plane collision in Anchorage on Friday killed seven people, including a state lawmaker who was piloting one of the aircraft, Alaska officials said. There were no survivors of the crash near the airport in Soldotna, a city on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska

7 Killed as Two Planes Crash in Alaska , Officials Say. Gary Knopp, a Republican member of the Seven people were killed , including a member of the Alaska State Legislature, after two planes The lawmaker who was killed , Gary Knopp, was a Republican member of the state House of

The victims in the other plane were its pilot, a guide, and four people in their 20s from South Carolina. All six died at the scene, except for one who died while being taken to a hospital, troopers said.

Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in the midair collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. © Becky Bohrer/AP Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in the midair collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it is investigating the crash "involving a Piper PA-12 and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver."

Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered the US and state flags be flown at half-staff for three days.

"Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, & a dedicated public servant," Dunleavy said on Twitter.

"His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served."

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