Federal investigators say 2 planes crashed more than 600 miles apart in Alaska almost simultaneously, killing a total of four people. KTUU-TV reports, the National Transportation Safety Board said two died and a third person was injured when their Piper PA-30 went down nine miles southwest of Haines at around 11 am.
The injured person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment. Authorities said witnesses reported seeing the twin-engine plane crash shortly after takeoff.
Meanwhile, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported two people died when a single-engine Arctic Aircraft S-1B2 crashed east of Fairbanks, also at about 11 am. Alaska State Troopers reported late yesterday that both the pilot and passenger died in the crash.