Five killed in midair plane collision over Alaska

Published on : Friday, September 2, 2016

plane collision over AlaskaThe Alaska State Troopers reported that five people were killed when two small planes collided midair on Wednesday over a remote sector of Alaska.

The reason is unknown why the midair crash happened about 376 miles west of Anchorage, said Allen Kenitzer, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration office of communications.

A Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan carrying three people and a Renfro’s Alaska Adventures Piper PA-18 Super Cub with two people inside collided, said Candis A. Olmstead, director of public affairs, Alaska National Guard.

An aviation company contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at 11 a.m. saying that they had lost radio contact with an aircraft and it was overdue.

About 15 minutes later, the Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to report a second aircraft was overdue, Olmstead said.

Later in the day, an aircraft spotted wreckage of the two planes on the ground near Russian Mission, she said. Russian Mission is a Yup’ik Eskimo village along the Yukon River, about 376 miles west of Anchorage.

The crash occurred in an area with heavy vegetation at an elevation between 600 and 800 feet.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Authorities have declined to release the names of the people on board.

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