Seven people died this Friday after two light aircraft collided in the air over the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, the authorities have confirmed.
The collision occurred on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. (local time) near the city of Soldotna, the Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
Legislature Gay Knopp, a Republican representative of the House of Representatives who was alone in one of the planes, was killed in the accident. In addition, four of the deceased were over 20 years old.
“One aircraft had a single occupant and the other had six people on board. All but one died at the scene, but the survivor died of injuries when transported to the hospital,” said the Ministry of Public Security.
In light of these events, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has expressed his condolences to the families of those affected. “I can assure you that the investigators will have the full cooperation of the state when they start clearing up the tragic events this morning,” he said.