Plane collide midair, Alaska lawmaker Gary Knopp, 6 others dies

Seven people, including an Alaska Republican state lawmaker, Gary Knopp died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna.

Soldotna is a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska State Troopers said state 67 year-old Knopp of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane.

The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and carried a guide from Kansas and four people from South Carolina.

“This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today,” Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said. “Troopers and partner agencies have worked together diligently at the scene and have reached out to next of kin to notify them of this heartbreaking incident.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal accident, which occurred just before 8:30 a.m.

Rita Geller, who works at a golf course near the airport, said she started running when she heard the planes hit, and watched one fall to the ground,

“I ran to more of a clearing and basically saw it explode,” she told the Anchorage Daily News. “The engine, things were flying off of it. I didn’t see the second plane, but I saw a lot of debris flying around. It was horrific. It was just like 9/11.”

Passenger Dies On Board Air Peace Calabar-Abuja Flight
Housewife Found Hanging Inside Room In Anambra State (Graphic photos)
Share this story
loading...
Tags: 

Add your comment ---------------- (Disclaimer: Comments expressed on the website do not reflect the opinions of Effiezy.com or any employee thereof.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.