Officials said the collision, between a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a Piper-PA12, happened at 8:30 a.m. local time, two miles northeast of Soldotna Airport, which is about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage. The First Lady and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Representative Knopp's family as they mourn his untimely passing. “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.”. MORE: 1 person dead after small plane clips power lines, crashes, MORE: Small plane crash in Illinois kills all 3 people and dog onboard. Investigators determined that two planes had crashed midair, according to authorities. The wreck’s orange paint and the ANNETTE serial pointed to the fact that it was a Coast Guard plane, stationed at the Annette Island airfield in southeastern Alaska. Mr. Johnson said weather conditions were very good, with 10-mile visibility. He was among those killed. “His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served.”. Gov. Gary Knopp, a Republican member of the State House of Representatives, was among those killed. 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Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in the midair collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Mr. Knopp had taken off from the airport and the pontoon-equipped plane, operated by High Adventure Air Charter, had left Longmere Lake, Mr. Johnson said. The top of the company’s website reads: “JUST SO YOU KNOW! The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on July 31, 2020. "This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today. (Senior Airman Jonathan Valdes Montijo/U.S. Mike Dunleavy ordered the United States and Alaska state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Mr. Knopp for three days. Exit poll shows Biden gains in key groups, but with results awaiting the vote count, Democrats maintain majority in the House of Representatives, US officially withdraws from Paris Agreement that aims to combat climate change, Hurricane Eta makes landfall as Category 4 storm. Then Rep.-elect Gary Knopp sits in his office at the Alaska Capitol in Juneau, Jan. 16, 2017. Authorities did not identify which person that was. Gary Knopp was elected an Alaska state representative in 2016. The lawmaker who was killed, Gary Knopp, was a Republican member of the state House of Representatives, the speaker of the House, Bryce Edgmon, said in a news release. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it is investigating the crash "involving a Piper PA-12 and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.". All but one person was pronounced dead on scene, however that person died on the way to a local hospital. … He will be truly missed.". Knopp's colleagues offered their condolences to his family, including his wife, Helen. The National Transportation Safety Board had been notified and will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash, which is unknown at this time. "I'm devastated and shocked to learn of the crash that claimed Gary Knopp's life," House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said in a statement. He worked as a general contractor, and was elected in 2006 to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, a position he held until 2012. Knopp, born in Montana, moved to Alaska in 1979, according to the Alaska House Majority. Mike Dunleavy ordered the US and state flags be flown at half-staff for three days. Updated 1326 GMT (2126 HKT) August 1, 2020. A mid-air collision in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday involved one plane piloted by a state lawmaker and another with six aboard operated by an air charter service, officials said. A plane rests in brush and trees after a midair collision outside of Soldotna, Alaska, on July 31, 2020. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Air Force via AP) Anchorage — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes… "His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served. Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. His colleagues confirmed his death, saying they were heartbroken at the news. Pilots use a common radio frequency in the area to convey their intentions and that will be one of the elements investigators explore, he said. Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, & a dedicated public servant. Gary Knopp, 67, a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, was operating one of the planes that crashed and was the sole occupant, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety. I made a documentary in 2003 about my experience living in Alaska. "Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, & a dedicated public servant," Dunleavy said on Twitter. One plane was piloted by Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai, troopers said. Mr. Knopp was born in Whitefish, Mont., and moved to Alaska in 1979, according to his biography. The DPS sends a heartfelt condolence to all who lost a loved one in this mid-air collision," Commissioner Amanda Price of the Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Kevin Carpenter, the owner of Sundog Serigraphics-Screenprinting, said debris from the collision, including a wheel cover and small pieces of plexiglass, was found in the parking lot of his business. The victims in the other plane were its pilot, a guide, and four people in their 20s from South Carolina. Remember… ‘God is in Control.’ In these difficult times we want you to know our prayers are going out to each person struggling around the world.”. The authorities were investigating the cause of the collision and it was not immediately clear which plane struck the other, he said. All six died at the scene, except for one who died while being taken to a hospital, troopers said. He was elected to represent House District 30 in 2016. (CNN) Two small planes collided in the air in Alaska on Friday, killing all seven people on both aircraft, including a state representative from the area, state troopers 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.". Troopers found the majority of the wreckage about two hundred yards from the road. TWO planes collided midair on Friday killing seven people including an Alaska lawmaker. Seven people, including a member of the Alaska State Legislature, were killed after two planes crashed in the sky on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, officials said. Little information was known about the other victims, though five were from out of state. A military plane carrying 41 passengers and 11 crew members crashed into a mountain near Anchorage in 1952, but remains of the victims are still being discovered. The NTSB is investigating Friday's crash in Soldotna, AK involving a Piper PA-12 and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. "Gary was a one-of-a-kind leader and a true Alaskan who worked tirelessly for his district in the Legislature. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. The company runs flights for bear-watching and glacier tours and to bring passengers on fishing trips. In addition to Mr. Knopp, 67, of Kenai, Alaska, the state Department of Public Safety identified the others killed as: Gregory Bell, 67, of Soldotna, who was the pilot; David Rogers, 40, of Kansas, who was a guide; Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23, all of South Carolina. The area around Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula, is speckled with lakes. Rogers was from Kansas, while the Hulseys and Wright were from South Carolina, authorities said. Six people were aboard the other plane, which was designed with pontoons to make water landings, he said. He was the only person on board. Alaska State Troopers received a report around 8:27 a.m. local time of a plane crash near Sterling Highway, on the Kenai Peninsula, a borough of Southcentral Alaska, authorities said. A mid-air collision in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday involved one plane piloted by a state lawmaker and another with six aboard operated by an air charter service, officials said. The two planes collided about 150 miles south of Anchorage. A person who answered the phone at High Adventure said the company declined to comment. Of the collision he said, “For the life of me, I can’t figure it out.”, 7 Killed as Two Planes Crash in Alaska, Officials Say. Alaska midair plane crash leaves 4 dead, 2 missing - YouTube Seven people were killed, including a member of the Alaska State Legislature, after two planes collided in midair on Friday morning in the Alaskan city of Soldotna, the authorities said. “This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today,” the department commissioner, Amanda Price, said. (CNN)Two small planes collided in the air in Alaska on Friday, killing all seven people on both aircraft, including a state representative from the area, state troopers said. Two F.A.A. He was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2016. The other victims of the crash were Gregory Bell, 57; David Rogers, 40; Caleb Hulsey, 26; Heather Hulsey, 25; Mackay Hulsey, 24; and Kirstin Wright, 23, according to the state's Department of Public Safety. “Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, and a dedicated public servant,” the governor said. (1/2). safety inspectors were at the crash site, which was near Sterling Highway. He will be missed by many.". They were the six occupants of the other plane. Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion, via Associated Press.

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