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Plane crash: Cub involved was registered to Rep. Gary Knopp, fate uncertain

Kenai – A plane crash in Soldotna this morning involved a plane owned by a lawmaker.

11:12 am Update: Sources revealed to MRAK that Gary Knopp was piloting one of the planes, which was headed to Fairbanks with one passenger. The other was a charter air service “High Adventure Air” based out of Mirror Lake, with several on board. Mirror Lake is about two miles from the Soldotna Air Strip. High Adventure Air has an excellent reputation for communicating their location and intentions for air traffic.

Two planes collided over Mayoni Street, close to mile 91.5 of the Sterling Highway. The highway was closed for a time but is now open and Troopers are on the scene.

One of the planes was registered to Rep. Gary Knopp. Must Read Alaska reached out to Knopp on his cell phone this morning but it went to voice mail.

Knopp, who represents District 30, reportedly owns a new Super Cub. The other plane was a Beaver, according to MRAK sources.

There are reportedly deaths, and apparently one survivor. Central Peninsula Hospital confirmed one person arrived by ambulance.

This is a breaking story. Check back for more information.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Never a dull moment in Alaska.
    KTUU and KTVA are both reporting that the Piper is actually a twin engine Aztec.

    • If you see pictures of the wreckage, it’s definitely a Cub.

  • The lake is spelt and pronounced “longmere”

    • Spelt?

      • “Spelt” (past tenths of spell) is a common spelling and pronunciation in places other than the US. Similar to colour, tyre, etc.

        Move along busy body.

        • Past tenths?

          I just find unintentional spelling errors hilarious when someone is calling out another person for spelling errors. Best to just not call others out for spelling errors when one cannot spell.

          I really shouldn’t have done so given the nature of the events in the article, but seriously if you are going to critique spelling at least know how to spell.

          • A lot of people comment using their phone, and auto-correct is NOT your friend. AI isn’t very intelligent – yet.

  • Prayers for the families.

  • Prayers to him and his family.

  • We all pray for sinners! Some go on to live and sin again … Just saying .. My Prayers go to his Family! End of Comment!

    • This is a disgusting comment. Suzanne Downing, please remove it.

    • We could only be so fortunate.

  • “High Adventure Air has an excellent reputation for communicating their location and intentions for air traffic.”

    I don’t appreciate your insinuation Suzanne Downing. You don’t know what happened.

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