Fatal Alaskan Plane Crash

Four Spartanburg People Killed

Roger Davis
August 03, 2020 - 11:11 am
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It will be months before federal investigators issue a final report on Friday's mid-air collision over the Alaska wilderness that claimed the lives of seven people, four of them from Spartanburg.  

Three of the Spartanburg victims were family members -- 26-year-old Caleb Hulsey, his 25 year old wife, Heather -- a well-known middle school art teacher -- along with Hulsey's 24 year old brother, Mackay, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Kirstin Wright.  

They were aboard a large single-engine Dehaviland Beaver, widely operated in Alaska and Canada's Northwest Territories.  

The pilot, a local man, and a forty-year-old wildlife guide from Kansas were also killed in the collision with a vintage Piper Super Cruiser, another popular bush plane. 

Its pilot and lone occupant was Alaska state lawmaker Gary Knopp.  

Wreckage was strewn across a highway near the town of Soldatna, southwest of Anchorage on Alaska's Kenai peninsula, a destination for fishing, hunting and in the case of the Upstate victims, wildlife sightseeing expeditions.  

The operator of a nearby airport says weather was not a factor.
 

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