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4 Spartanburg area residents among 7 killed in Alaska mid-air plane collision

Seven people have died after two planes collided in mid-air in Alaska, including four people from the Spartanburg area on vacation.

Alaska midair collision kills GOP state lawmaker and 6 others. State Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane, authorities say. He was set to compete in an Aug. 18 primary.  Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane. The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and carried a guide from Kansas and four people from South Carolina. This is so sad my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the people who were lost. Check out the link to read the full story. 

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