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Two planes collide in midair in Alaska

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Sole passenger on plane that landed in Anchorage is not injured
  • At least two people dead after one of the planes crashes
  • Second plane is able to land in Anchorage
  • Collision occurs about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska

(CNN) -- Two planes collided in midair Saturday afternoon, about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, killing at least two people, officials said.

One plane, a Cessna 180, crashed immediately and became engulfed in flames, said Megan Peters with the Alaska Department of Public Safety. She said at least two people appear to be dead at the scene.

The second plane, a Cessna 206, was able to make it to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and landed safely despite being a float plane, according to Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor.

The pilot of the Cessna 206 was the only passenger on board and was uninjured, said Peters.

The collision occurred around 2 p.m. Alaska time (6 p.m. ET) near Amber Lake, which lies between Trapper Creek and Talkeetna.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident, with the NTSB acting as the lead investigative agency.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.

 
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