2 small planes collide in mid-air near Soldotna airport

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said two small airplanes collided in mid-air near Soldotna Friday morning.

    It was not immediately known how many people were on board the two planes or their conditions.

    Wreckage after the collision at 8:30 a.m. came down near the Sterling Highway and briefly closed the highway.

    The FAA said the planes involved were a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a twin-engine Piper Aztec.

    The collision occurred about 2 miles northeast of the Soldotna Airport.

    Two federal investigators were dispatched to the scene shortly after the crash. 

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