Two planes collide midair in Alaska, one plane landed safely

By on Jul 31, 2011 in Lifestyle, North America, Travel Comments

Two planes collided in midair in Alaska on Saturday, July 30, 2011, with one plane landed safely while the other one crashed and was initially reported to have taken two lives.

The damaged Cessna 206, after landing
at the Ted Stevens International Airport

Image Credit: Bob Hallinen/AP

As noted by CNN on Sunday, the midair collision of the two planes happened on Saturday at around 2 p.m. (Alaska time) near Amber Lake, which lies between Talkeetna and Trapper Creek.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters told CNN that one of plane, a Cessna 180, immediately crashed and went into flames, with at least two casualties were discovered on the spot.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office rushed to the scene and is now helping the rescuers but noted that there is a possibility of a third casualty.

Meanwhile, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor reportedly said that the other plane, Cessna 206, landed safely at the Ted Stevens International Airportin Anchorage, Alaska.

According to Peters, the second plane only had the pilot as the sole passenger and was not hurt in the said incident, but the float plane sustained significant damage.

As of this writing, the cause of the collision is under thorough investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which acts as the lead investigative agency.

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