Officials investigate 2 plane crashes in Alaska, that killed 4 people

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Federal investigators say that 2 planes crashed more than 600 miles apart in Alaska almost simultaneously Saturday, killing a total of four persons.

KTUU-TV reports of the National Transportation Safety Board said two died and a third person was injured when their Piper PA-30 went nine miles southwest of Haines around 11 a.m. The injured person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment.

The authorities said witnesses reported seeing the twin-engine plane crash shortly after take-off.

Meanwhile, the Fairbanks daily News-Miner reports two people killed when a single-engine Arctic Aircraft S-1B2 crashed east of Fairbanks, also at about 11 pm

The Alaska State Troopers reported late Saturday that both the pilot and the passenger died in the crash.

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