A person was killed on Wednesday after two planes flying over Alaska collided in midair, officials said.
Several reports regarding the deadly collision came in to the Alaska State Troopers around noon, Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska regional office of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told The Associated Press.
The NTSB confirmed that one person on board the plane had died in the crash that occured near Anchorage, although it wasn’t clear whether the individual was the only one on the aircraft. The individual was not identified, pending notification of next of kin. The wrecked plane was a “high-wing” Cessna, Johnson told The Associated Press.
One of the pilots, who was also flying a Cessna, was reportedly able to safely make an emergency landing at a base that’s part of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
The individual emerged from the incident unharmed, according to an official.
Emergency responders spotted wreckage of the first airplane partially submerged in the Susitna River where it flows into the saltwater of Knik Arm. Some debris landed on shore.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.