All 5 People Aboard Two Planes That Crashed Midair Are Dead: Authorities

Posted September 03, 2016

Alaska State Troopers said in a statement that rescue workers searching the crash site found no survivors aboard either aircraft, and said an investigation was continuing.

An Alaska plane crash killed five people Wednesday morning when two small planes collided in mid air over a remote, inaccessible area.

The collision occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday about 60 miles, or 97 kilometers, north of Bethel, Alaska National Guard officials said.

The wreckage covers a large area accessible only by helicopter, said Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska...

A string of crashes in 2013 and 2014 placed Hageland under close scrutiny, the Dispatch reported, but improvements have been made, and Johnson said the company's troubles are "in the past".

Troopers say Wrase was flying a Ravn Alaska Cessna 208 Caravan from Russian Mission to the nearby village of Marshall.

The Cessna belonged to Hageland Aviation Services, a regional airline, and the Piper was operated by Renfro's Alaskan Adventures, she added.

Around noon, the National Guard dispatched a Black Hawk helicopter and two flight medics from Bethel to the crash site.

In a press release Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Vice President of Communications, Tiffany Zullkosky, said YKHC set up an Emergency Operations Center for the following two and a half hours, remaining in close communication with Alaska State Troopers to supply medical personnel, supplies, and emergency transportation.

Charles Enoch contributed reporting to this story.