Four killed in Alaska midair plane collision

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 19:56

Washington: At least four people were killed
in a midair collision of two Cessna floatplanes in Alaska,
officials said on Sunday.

All the dead were found at the crash site of a Cessna
180, the Alaska State Patrol spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The other aircraft, a Cessna 206, landed safely.

The two aircraft, both floatplanes, collided Saturday
afternoon about 160 km north of Anchorage, officials said.

The Cessna 180 crashed immediately and became engulfed in
flames, Peters said.

The Cessna 206 was able to make it to Ted Stevens
Anchorage International Airport and landed safely, according
to Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Manager Ian
Gregor.

The names of the deceased were not immediately released.

The pilot of the Cessna 206 was the only passenger on
board and was not injured, said Peters. However, the plane
sustained significant damage as it landed on its floats.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will
investigate the accident, with the NTSB acting as the lead
investigative agency.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 19:56

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