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Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

Mid-air collisions are rare in the U.S. and most occur near airports.

The crash site is about 375 miles west of Anchorage in an area of western Alaska reachable only by helicopter, The Associated Press said. Where the planes were flying to, and how they collided, is unknown.

Lt Col Candis Olmstead, a spokeswoman for the Alaska National Guard, told the newspaper that the aircraft involved were a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan with three passengers and a Renfro's Alaska Adventure Piper PA-18 Super Cub with two passengers.

Johnson says wreckage from both planes landed a considerable distance from each other. Fifteen minutes later, State Troopers reported another aircraft overdue.

The incident occurred in the skies north of Bethel before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, according to the Alaska National Guard.

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Alaska is a sparsely populated US state more than twice the size of Texas, and residents in remote areas rely on small planes for travel, recreation and mail delivery. Emergency clinicians have been made available in Bethel at YKHC's Family Center.

KYUK reached out to Renfro's Alaskan Adventures and Hageland Aviation but could not get a statement.

Posted: Sep. 1, 2016 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter ferrying medics was arriving at the crash site, Olmstead said.

Charles Enoch contributed reporting to this story.

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