Alaska GOP rep among 7 killed when 2 planes collide midair

Alaska GOP rep among 7 killed when 2 planes collide midair


An Alaska state lawmaker and six others were killed when two small planes collided in midair about 150 miles southwest of Achorage on Friday, authorities said.

Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, a member of the state House of Representatives, was piloting one of the two aircrafts without passengers, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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

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There were no survivors.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the tragic crash, which occurred just before 8:30 a.m. over the small Alaskan community of Soldotna.

“This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today,” Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said.

Besides Knopp, troopers identified the other six people killed as pilot Gregory Bell, 57, of Soldotna; guide David Rogers, 40, of Kansas; and Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24, and Kirstin Wright, 23, all of South

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