The Latest: Troopers release IDs of 5 killed in midair crash

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a midair collision in Alaska (all times local):

    8:50 a.m.

    Authorities have released the names of four Alaskans and a Montana man who were killed in a midair collision of two small planes over a remote area of western Alaska. The collision happened Wednesday morning.

    On one plane, 48-year-old pilot Harry Wrase of Wasilla and his passengers, 32-year-old Steven Paul Andrew of Kenai and 21-year-old Aaron Jay Minock of Russian Mission, were killed. Also killed were 44-year-old pilot Zach Justin Babat of Montana and his passenger, 40-year-old Jeff Thomas Burruss of Haines.

    Troopers say Wrase was flying a Ravn Alaska Cessna 208 Caravan from Russian Mission to the nearby village of Marshall. Babat was piloting a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper Super Cub and heading for a hunting camp. A hometown for Babat was not immediately disclosed.

    There were no survivors in the crash northwest of the village of Russian Mission, 375 miles west of Anchorage.

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    2:25 p.m.

    Alaska State Troopers say all those on board two small planes died in a midair collision in the western part of the state.

    Troopers did not say how many people were in the two aircraft, but the Alaska National Guard said earlier that there were a total of five on board the planes.

    Troopers say the crash occurred northwest of the village of Russian Mission. Troopers say responders at the scene have confirmed there were no survivors on either of the planes.

    Alaska National Guard officials say the collision occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

    Officials say the planes involved in the crash are a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan carrying three people and a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper PA-18 super cub with two people aboard. Representatives of Hageland, which is operated by Ravn, Alaska, did not immediately respond with comment. A Renfro employee said the company was not immediately releasing information.

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    1:05 p.m.

    Searchers are responding to a midair collision of two small commercial airplanes carrying a total of five people in western Alaska.

    Alaska National Guard officials say the collision occurred 60 miles north of Bethel just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. There's no immediate word on casualties.

    Officials say the planes involved in the crash are a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan carrying three people and a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper PA-18 super cub with two people aboard.

    A Guard helicopter with medics on board left Bethel around noon to head to the crash site.

    Alaska State Troopers also are involved in the response.

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