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Seven, Including Alaska State Lawmaker, Killed in Mid-Air Plane Collision

Posted On: Aug 1, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

Seven people were killed Friday morning after two planes collided mid-air in Soldotna, Alaska , state officials said.
One plane carried a single occupant: 67-year-old Alaska Rep. Gary Knopp, Alaska State Troopers confirmed in a statement. The other plane carried six people, including 57-year-old pilot Gregory Bell of Soldotna, 40-year-old travel guide David Rogers of Kansas and four visitors from South Carolina: 26-year-old Caleb Hulsey, 25-year-old Heather Hulsey, 24-year-old Mackay Hulsey and 23-year-old Kirstin Wright, per AST.
None survived the crash, AST said. Six died at the scene and the seventh person died on the way to the hospital.
AST said troopers were notified of the crash near mile 91.5 of the Sterling Highway at around 8:27 a.m. local time. Most of the wreckage was roughly 200 yard away from the road, and AST, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Police Department, Central EMS, State Parks and the Federal Aviation Administration all responded, officials said.
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