Becky Bohrer / APRepublican state Representative-elect Gary Knopp sits in his office at the Alaska Capitol on Jan. 16, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska. (Becky Bohrer / AP)
A mid-air collision in Alaska on Friday killed seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker.
Republican Gary Knopp, a member of Alaska’s House of Representatives, was killed in the crash, which took place on the Kenai Peninsula southwest of Anchorage near the community of Soldotna, according to a news release on the House majority’s website.
Knopp was flying solo. All six people in the other plane were killed. Alaska state troopers identified the dead in the other plane as Gregory Bell of Soldotna, 67, who was the pilot; David Rogers, 40, of Kansas; and Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23, all of whom were from South Carolina, according to KTUU-TV.
The collision between the