2 planes crash mid-air over Alaska

2011-09-03 11:29

Anchorage - Authorities say two single-engine planes have collided in midair over western Alaska and one of the pilots is presumed dead.

Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said the two pilots were the only people aboard the planes when they collided on Friday near the village of Nightmute.

She said one plane landed and the other crashed and burned.

The pilot of a Ryan Air Cessna 207 that put down safely was identified as 26-year-old Kirsten Sprague. She said Sprague was able to walk away, but was flown to Bethel, about 160km away, for a medical evaluation.

The spokesperson said a Cessna 208 Caravan crashed and burned on impact. She said 24-year-old Scott Veal of Kenai, Alaska, is presumed dead although no body has yet been recovered.

  • Dries - 2011-09-04 08:31

    I closely follow all aviation mishaps he world over, being a safety consultant to air operators. Alaska has a very demanding flight environment and because of that the pre-emptive safety management in that state should be sharper - the number of adverse events is far too high for the number of flights. Aviation hazards and their associated risks are not adequately identified and managed from FAA level down to pilot level. It is not Africa with its 900% higher than the world incident rate, it is a state of a first world country, where aviation is managed by the FAA.

  • Collitjies - 2011-09-04 10:25

    With all the latest technology built into aircraft to prevent such mishaps and a huge expanse of airspace these two pilots chose to meet by accident. What a great pity one pilot had to die.

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