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Two planes crash mid-air in Anchorage leaving seven dead including Alaska legislator and four South Carolina tourists

Two planes crash mid-air in Anchorage leaving seven dead including Alaska legislator and four South Carolina tourists
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TWO planes collided midair on Friday killing seven people including an Alaska lawmaker.

The crash occurred near an airport in Soldotna, leaving no survivors Alaska State Troopers said in a statement.

Two planes collided midair on Friday killing seven people

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Two planes collided midair on Friday killing seven people
The FAA said one of planes involved in the crash was a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver (Stock Image)

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The FAA said one of planes involved in the crash was a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver (Stock Image)Credit: Getty

Gary Knopp, an Alaskan State Rep. piloted one of the planes.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Initially, the FAA said the two planes involved in the crash were a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a twin-engine Piper Aztec however laster said it did not believe the second plane was a Piper Aztec and has not confirmed the make and model of the plane involved.

The FAA said the two planes collided midair two miles northeast of the airport at 8:30 on Friday morning.

First elected to the House in 2016, Knopp, 67, served as a Republican and left the House GOP to serve in a coalition of Democrats, independants and GOP lawmakers.

He faced two challengers in the August primary.

Governor Mike Dunleavy offered his condolences to the families who lost loved ones through a statement on Friday.

“The first lady and I were heartbroken to learn of the accident above Soldotna today, and our deepest sympathies go out o the families mourning these untimely deaths,” he said.





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