FAIRBANKS, AK — Officials in Alaska are investigating a deadly plane crash involving two men from Buckeye.
Alaska State Troopers say around 2:00 p.m. Thursday, they received reports of a mid-air collision at Chena Marina Air Services, near west Fairbanks.
Investigators say a Piper Supercub, flown by Larry D. Dalrymple of Fairbanks, collided with a Cessna 185 flown by Shane E. Bennett, also of Fairbanks.
Following the collision both planes crashed into the gravel runway below, causing one of the planes to erupt in flames.
Dalrymple was seriously injured and transported to a hospital. Bennett was killed in the crash.
Authorities say a passenger in the C185 was also killed. He has been identified as 35-year-old Cody Rosania of Buckeye, Arizona.
A third passenger in the C185 was pulled from the burning wreckage. He has been identified as 40-year-old Rayne Rush, also of Buckeye. He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.