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All OK After Midair in Alaska

Piper tail
Piper Navajo’s damaged tail from midair collision in Alaska July 10. No injuries resulted from the collision. – Phot credit: Seattle Times/Matt Smith .

July 14, 2011 – No injuries to passengers occurred when two planes collided in Alaska on July 10, according to a report in The Seattle Times. A Piper Navajo was en route to Anchorage when it collided with a Cessna floatplane as both planes flew through Lake Clark Pass. Passengers in the Piper reported hearing a loud sound and felt the plane shudder, but did not realize another plane had hit them.

The pilot told the passengers they were going make an emergency landing. Karen Smith, a passenger on the Navajo, said the pilot didn’t inform them of what happened until after they landed.

“The pilot said he never saw the plane coming,” Smith told the Times. “We were worried sick. We didn’t know what happened to the other plane.”
The tail of the Piper and a float in the Cessna were damaged in the collision, but both planes landed safely with no injuries.

“The odds of a midair collision are very much against you,” said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the FAA. “Even coming in contact, I can’t believe there was so little damage.” The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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