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Five people killed when two small planes crash mid-air north of Bethel, Alaska
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, just before 11 a.m. local time, the National Guard said. The crash happened midair about 60 miles north of Bethel.
Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's lead Alaska investigator, said the NTSB was notified shortly after 11 a.m. of "an accident in the area of Mountain Village" which might have involved two aircraft.
Troopers said responders at the scene confirmed there were no survivors on either of the planes. The troopers didn't give an exact number, but the Alaska National Guard said earlier that there were a total of five on board the planes.
Wrase was flying a Ravn Alaska Cessna 208 Caravan from Russian Mission to the nearby village of Marshall, troopers said. Babat was piloting a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper Super Cub and heading for a hunting camp.
Officials say the planes involved in the crash are a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan carrying three people and a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper PA-18 super cub with two people aboard.
Neither plane included a "black box" data or cockpit voice recorder, but investigators will examine in-flight radar data, Johnson said.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the pilot of the Piper, 44-year-old Zach Justin Babat of Montana, and Harry Wrase, 48, of Wasilla, the pilot of the Cessna, failed to see one another as they approached at an angle.