July 18, 2019

Mid-air plane crash in Alaska leaves 4 dead

The Cessna 206 after its emegency landing at Anchorage. Unfortunately the other Cessna was turned into a kitset.

Two single-engine float planes have collided as they flew near an Alaskan lake. One of them crashed and burned, killing the four people aboard, while the second plane landed safely despite suffering significant damage.

A Cessna 180, was destroyed by the impact and fire, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told The Associated Press.

“It was engulfed in flames on the ground,” Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The crash around Amber Lake near Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage, came nearly three weeks after another in-flight collision that remarkably left the 13 people aboard the two aircraft unhurt.

The second plane in Saturday’s crash, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage International Airport and make an emergency landing.

Pilot Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, was alone in the aircraft and uninjured, Peters said in a news release.

On July 10, nine people aboard a Piper Navajo and four people in a Cessna 206 were uninjured when the planes collided. Both aircraft had minor damage but were able to land safely in Anchorage, with FAA spokesman Mike Fergus then describing the incident as “almost unheard of.”

It might have been unheard of a few weeks ago but now it is sadly becoming common. We would think that with all that wilderness out there in Alaska and so few people that there would be little chance of planes indulging in inappropriate touching – not so.