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4 killed in Alaska midair plane collision

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: The uninjured pilot is identified
  • The dead were found at the crash site of one plane
  • The other plane landed safely
  • Federal authorities are investigating

(CNN) -- Four people were killed in the midair collision of two airplanes in Alaska, the Alaska Department of Public Safety said Sunday.

All the dead were found at the crash site of the Cessna 180, department spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The other aircraft, a Cessna 206, landed safely.

The two aircraft, both floatplanes, collided in midair Saturday afternoon about 100 miles north of Anchorage, officials said.

The Cessna 180 crashed immediately and became engulfed in flames, Peters said.

The Cessna 206 was able to make it to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and landed safely, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The pilot of the Cessna 206 was the only passenger on board and was not injured, said Peters. He was identified as Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, the Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Earp could not be reached immediately for comment.

The collision occurred around 2 p.m. (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 along with Alaska authorities, with the NTSB acting as the lead investigative agency.

CNN's Dave Alsup and Greg Morrison contributed to this report.