07/11/12 - 12:23pm
A former Alaska legislator died in a plane crash on Beluga Lake Tuesday night.
Cheryll Heinze, 65, of Anchorage, was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, where she died of her injuries. According to an Alaska State Trooper press release, a Cessna 206 floatplane piloted by Evan Griffith, 71, of Anchorage, crashed about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday while landing on Beluga Lake.
Four passengers were on board. All were rescued, but Heinze was critically injured. A pilot in an Emerald Air floatplane was one of the first responders.