Two aircraft collided in mid-air on Friday near the Soldotna Airport on Kenai Peninsula in the United States (U.S.) state of Alaska, killing seven people, including Alaska House Representative Gary Knopp, according to Saturday reports
One of the aircraft involved in the crash was a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The other twin-engine plane had been later confirmed as a Piper PA-12
Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a statement that one plane carried six people.
Gary Knopp was the only occupant in the other plane.
All were confirmed deceased on the scene except for one person that succumbed to injuries during transport to the local hospital, the statement said.
It added that positive identity has been made on all occupants of both aircraft and next of kin notifications have been made.
Knopp was a certified flight instructor and registered pilot.
He was elected to the Alaska Legislature in 2016 after serving on the Kenai Borough Assembly.
He was a candidate in this year’s Republican primary for House District 30, according to the ADN report.