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Sunday, July 31, 2011

ALASKAN TRAGEDY: Four die after planes collide in midair!


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By CASEY GROVE, http://www.adn.com / Published: July 30th, 2011 10:53 PM.

A damaged Cessna 206 approaches the north-south runway at Ted Stevens International Airport July 30, 2011. The plane, which was involved in a mid-air collision near Trapper Creek, was able to land safely on the runway.
Photo by Bob Butcher
A damaged Cessna 206 approaches the north-south runway at Ted Stevens International Airport July 30, 2011. The plane, which was involved in a mid-air collision near Trapper Creek, was able to land safely on the runway.

Four people died after a midair collision Saturday afternoon between two single-engine floatplanes at Amber Lake about 12 miles southwest of Trapper Creek, the Alaska State Troopers reported.
The lake is about 90 miles northeast of Anchorage.
One of the planes, a Cessna 180, crashed and burned. All aboard died as a result of the crash, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
Troopers were waiting for the State Medical Examiner's officer to confirm their identities before releasing any names of those who died.
The bodies have been recovered, said Peters.
The second plane, a Cessna 206, landed safely on a runway in Anchorage. Its pilot and lone occupant, Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, was uninjured, Peters said. The plane's floats were heavily damaged in the collision, she said.
When the plane landed, it had a piece of debris tangled in its floats.

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