Five people were killed Wednesday after two small commercial planes collided midair in Alaska. According to reports, the crash occurred northwest of the village of Russian Mission, about 375 miles west of Anchorage.
A Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan with three people on board collided with a Renfro's Alaska Adventures Piper PA-18 Super Cub carrying two people, media reports said. Responders at the scene confirmed there were no survivors on either of the planes, according to state troopers.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to reach the crash site. An investigator from Seattle is expected to arrive in Russian Mission on Thursday, Clint Johnson, chief of NTSB’s regional office in Alaska, reportedly said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told ABC News that the FAA is investigating the crash.
Meanwhile, local media reported that the pilot of one of the two planes involved in the crash has been identified by a family member as Harry Wrase, Jr.
The names of the crash victims have not been officially released so far.