Alaska lawmaker and six others die when two planes collide midair

Alaska lawmaker and six others die when two planes collide midair
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A midair collision of two planes in Alaska killed seven people, including a state lawmaker, on Friday.

State Rep. Gary Knopp, a Republican, was flying solo in a plane that crashed with another aircraft carrying six people including four who were on a group trip from South Carolina, a guide from Kansas and a local pilot, the Alaska Department of Public Safety said.

The deadly collision occurred just before 8 a.m. near the small town of Soldotna, about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage, authorities said.

“This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today. The DPS sends a heartfelt condolence to all who lost a loved one in this mid-air collision,” Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause…



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