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Alaska Midair Plane Crash Kills 5 People: Officials

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two small planes collided over a remote area of western Alaska on Wednesday, killing five people.

State troopers said the crash occurred northwest of the village of Russian Mission, 375 miles west of Anchorage.

The crash scene covers a large area that is accessible only by helicopter, said Clint Johnson, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska division.

Troopers said responders at the scene confirmed there were no survivors on either of the planes. The Alaska National Guard said earlier that there were a total of five on board the aircraft.

The collision occurred just before 11 a.m.

Image: Map showing Russian Mission, Alaska
A map showing Russian Mission, Alaska. Google Maps