In the United States, seven people have been killed when two planes collided in the air in Alaska province. According to media reports, two planes collided with each other Friday morning in the air near Soldotna Airport on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, U.S.A. According to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the one-engined D’Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft crashed into another two-engine Piper-P12 aircraft two miles north-east of the airport at about 8:30 a.m. Those killed include Gary Nope, a state assembly member of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.
Faa and National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) officials are investigating the accident. According to NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson, the wreckage of the crashed plane has fallen near the Sterling highway. Both the planes flew from Soldotna Airport and collided with each other in the air about 150 miles away from the city of Anchorage.
The number of people aboard both the aircraft has not yet been ascertained. The death of Alaska House Representative Gary Nope in the accident has been confirmed by several of his colleagues. Nope’s wife Helen said she was blowing up her plane Friday morning. Alaska Governor Mike Dunley has ordered a half-tilting of the American flag and the Alaska province flag in honor of Nope by Monday on Friday. Several Alaska leaders have expressed grief and condolences over the demise of Nope.