Alaska lawmaker and six others die when two planes collide midair
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…