HUFFINGTON POST
07/31/2011 07:58 am ET | Updated Sep 30, 2011

Four dead after planes collide in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Four people were confirmed dead in a plane that crashed and burned after colliding in mid-air with another plane near Trapper Creek, Alaska, state troopers said late on Saturday.

The pilot of the second plane, who landed it safely in Anchorage, was identified as Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, Alaska.

Earp was uninjured, although his plane sustained significant damage. He was the only person aboard.

The collision occurred near Trapper Creek, a small community about 80 miles north of Anchorage.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen; Editing by Jerry Norton)