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US Alaska state lawmaker, six others killed after two planes collide in mid-air

17:43  01 august  2020
17:43  01 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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A mid - air plane collision over Anchorage has killed seven people, including State Rep. Gary Knopp, who was piloting one of the aircraft, Alaska officials said. Crash debris fell on a highway, which was shut down briefly out of safety concerns. A plane rests in brush and trees after a midair collision

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two small airplanes collided in mid - air near Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker , died Friday when two small airplanes collided in Besides Knopp, troopers identified the other six people killed as pilot Gregory Bell, 57, of Soldotna; guide

a man smiling for the camera: Alaska state lawmaker, six others killed after two planes collide in mid-air © Alaska House of Representatives Alaska state lawmaker, six others killed after two planes collide in mid-air

A state lawmaker in Alaska and six others were killed on Friday morning after two planes collided mid-air in the city of Soldotna.

State Rep. Gary Knopp (R), 67, was the sole occupant of a Piper PA-12 when it collided with a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver around 8:30 a.m. local time near the Soldotna Airport, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

7 dead, including Alaska state legislator, after planes crash midair

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker , died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane . The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and

Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker , died Friday when two small airplanes collided in mid - air near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska ’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane .

Six people were confirmed dead at the scene except for one person who succumbed to injuries while being transported to a hospital, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

The other plane is designed with pontoons to make water landings, according to officials. It was operated by High Adventure Air Charter, a company that runs flights for bear-watching and glacier tours as well as fishing trips.

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Onboard the plane was a family visiting from South Carolina, identified by local media as Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23.

The others killed include local pilot Gregory Bell, 57, and guide David Rogers, 40 of Kansas.

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"Rose and I are heartbroken for the families of today's victims, and I can assure them that investigators will have the State's full cooperation as they begin to unravel this morning's tragic events," Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (D) said in a statement.

Weather reports indicate that there was clear visibility on Friday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

Rita Geller, a shop attendant at a nearby golf course, told the Anchorage Daily News that she heard the collision and witnessed one of the plans fall.

"I ran to more of a clearing and basically saw it explode. The engine, things were flying off of it. I didn't see the second plane, but I saw a lot of debris flying around," she said. "It was horrific. It was just like 9/11."

The governor said he has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims for three days in honor of Knopp.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker , died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane . The other plane was flown by a local pilot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker , died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane . The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and

"Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, and a dedicated public servant," the governor said. "His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served."

Knopp, a Montana native, moved to Alaska in 1979 and enjoyed flying, hunting, and spending time outdoors, according to a statement from the Alaska House Majority.

A longtime contractor and flight instructor, Knopp was elected to represent Alaska House District 30 in 2016.

"I'm devastated and shocked to learn of the crash that claimed Gary Knopp's life," said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon. "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."

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