REPORT: Midair collision leaves at least 1 dead (video)


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A midair collision sent a small airplane plummeting into Alaska’s Susitna River, killing a person on board. The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed one fatality Wednesday afternoon in the crash north of Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot of the second airplane made a safe emergency landing at an Anchorage airport.

Clint Johnson, chief of the NTSB Alaska regional office, said multiple callers contacted Alaska State Troopers after the collision shortly after noon Wednesday.

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“He indicated that as he was headed back to Anchorage, he saw an airplane that was basically nose-to-nose with him,” Johnson said. “He was able to pull up, but subsequently his landing gear struck the airplane.”

The impact severed the nose cone of the second airplane.

The surviving pilot, flying a Cessna 175, landed on a dirt landing strip at Lake Hood Seaplane Base, part of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the city’s main airport, shortly before 1 p.m.

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