Alaska state legislator among seven people killed in midair plane collision

Alaska state legislator among seven people killed in midair plane collision
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated. Gary Knopp was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives. 

Seven people were killed Friday after two planes collided in midair south of Anchorage, Alaska, state troopers said. The sole occupant of one of the planes was Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and an unidentified aircraft collided in midair around 8:30 a.m. Two FAA inspectors were sent to the scene to investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine a cause. 

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said investigators would have the “full cooperation” of the state, Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA reported

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