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Seven killed, including state lawmaker, as two planes collide in Alaska

A midair plane collision in Anchorage on Friday (July 31) killed seven people, including a state lawmaker who was piloting one of the aircraft, Alaska officials said.

Seven killed, including state lawmaker, as two planes collide in Alaska

Seven killed, including state lawmaker, as two planes collide in AlaskaA midair plane collision in Anchorage on Friday (July 31) killed seven people, including a state lawmaker who was piloting one of the aircraft, Alaska officials said.There were no survivors of the crash near the airport in Soldotna, a city on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers said in a written statement.State Rep. Gary Knopp, who represented the area, was alone in one of the planes. The other plane was carrying four tourists from South Carolina, a guide from Kansas and a pilot from Soldotna, the troopers said.All seven victims were pronounced dead at the site except for one person who died while being transported to a hospital, according to the troopers.Crash debris fell on a highway, which was shut down briefly out of safety concerns.The Federal Aviation Administration identified one of the planes as a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.Knopp, 67, was a Republican and a member of the state House bipartisan majority.The other victims were identified as pilot Gregory Bell, 67, guide David Rogers, 40, and the South Carolina visitors: Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23.(Production: Bob Mezan)

Posted by NTV Houston on Saturday, August 1, 2020

There were no survivors of the crash near the airport in Soldotna, a city on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers said in a written statement.

State Rep. Gary Knopp, who represented the area, was alone in one of the planes. The other plane was carrying four tourists from South Carolina, a guide from Kansas and a pilot from Soldotna, the troopers said.

All seven victims were pronounced dead at the site except for one person who died while being transported to a hospital, according to the troopers.

Crash debris fell on a highway, which was shut down briefly out of safety concerns.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified one of the planes as a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Knopp, 67, was a Republican and a member of the state House bipartisan majority.

The other victims were identified as pilot Gregory Bell, 67, guide David Rogers, 40, and the South Carolina visitors: Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23.

(Production: Bob Mezan)

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