Midair Collision Kills Five In Alaska


A midair collision of two GA airplanes in Alaska killed all five people in flight Wednesday. A Piper PA-18 Super Cub with two people on board and a Cessna 208 Caravan carrying three collided about 11 a.m. near a village about 375 miles west of Anchorage, The Associated Press reported. The NTSB was called to the scene, which can only be reached by helicopter. The Alaska National Guard had responded to a call about a PA-18 crash near the village of Russian Mission, then received a report of an overdue aircraft, according to the AP report. “And then subsequently, shortly after that, is when we started putting two and two together as far as a possible midair,” a Guard official said.

Both aircraft were on for-hire flights, according to news reports. The Caravan was a commuter-service aircraft operated by Hageland Aviation, with a 48-year-old pilot and two passengers, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. The Super Cub was flying for Renfro’s Alaskan Adventures and was heading to a hunting camp with a 44-year-old pilot and one passenger on board.