Seven people were killed in a collision of two small planes in Alaska (USA), among them – State Representative Harry Knopp. This is reported by the Anchorage Daily News.
The incident took place near the airport of Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula on the morning of Friday, July 31. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver helicopter with six passengers on board collided in the air, the make and model of the second aircraft has not been identified. As a result, six people died at the scene of the tragedy, and one more died from injuries during transportation to the hospital.
The dead included 67-year-old Republican legislator Harry Knopp, who was the only passenger on the second aircraft. The information about his death was confirmed by the politician’s colleagues. His wife stated that he did indeed fly on his plane that tragic morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Safety Board have begun investigating the crash.
Earlier in the Brazilian city of Guabiruba, Santa Catarina state, a light Kolb Flyer plane crashed into the street, miraculously without hitting cars and pedestrians. The incident took place during a demonstration flight, which the 33-year-old plane’s buyer insisted on. At an altitude of over 300 meters, the engine stopped and the plane began to lose altitude. During an emergency landing, he touched the wires and collapsed into the roadway.