Midair collision kills 7 in Alaska, including state lawmaker
(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.
The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. local time in Soldotna, about 150 miles south of Anchorage, troopers said in a statement.
One plane was piloted by Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai, troopers said. He was the only person on board.
The victims in the other plane were its pilot, a guide, and four people in their 20s from South Carolina. All six died at the scene, except for one who died while being taken to a hospital, troopers said.
The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it is investigating the crash "involving a Piper PA-12 and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver."
Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered the US and state flags be flown at half-staff for three days.
"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.
"His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served."
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