A Kenai resident is believed to be dead after being involved in a mid-air collision while flying an airplane over Southwest Alaska on Friday.
Scott Veal, 24, was reportedly piloting a Cessna 208 Caravan that collided in mid-air with a Cessna 207. The 207’s pilot, Kirsten Sprague, 26, of Idaho, walked away without apparent injury.
The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday over Nightmute, near Bethel. Veal’s plane crashed into the ground about six miles north of Nightmute into a hilly area and the plane caught fire upon impact. No signs of life were found at the crash site, according to an email from Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and is investigating the cause and circumstances surrounding the mid-air collision, Peters said.
The two commercial planes weren’t carrying passengers at the time of the crash. Veal’s plane was operated by air taxi and cargo service Grant Aviation and departed from Toksook Bay flying toward Bethel, according to reports.
A relative reached by phone Saturday said Veal, originally from California, had a wife and two children — a boy and a girl.