- - Sunday, July 31, 2011

ALASKA

Two small planes collide; 4 are confirmed dead

TRAPPER CREEK — Two single-engine float planes collided as they flew near an Alaska lake and one of them crashed and burned, killing the four people aboard, authorities said. The second plane landed safely despite significant damage.

The Cessna 180 was destroyed by the impact and fire, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Associated Press.


“It was engulfed in flames on the ground,” Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The crash around Amber Lake near Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage, came nearly three weeks after another in-flight collision that remarkably left the 13 people aboard the two aircraft unhurt.

The second plane in Saturday’s crash, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage International Airport and make an emergency landing.

Pilot Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, was alone in the aircraft and uninjured, Miss Peters said in a news release.

She said late Saturday that four bodies were recovered from the wreckage. Authorities initially said at least two people were killed.

The state medical examiner’s office was working to identify the dead.

LOUISIANA

Ex-Gov. Edwards, 83, weds prison pen pal, 32

NEW ORLEANS — Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who turns 84 next month, on Friday married a 32-year-old woman who befriended him during his federal prison sentence for bribery and extortion.

Mr. Edwards, a Democrat who served four terms as governor in the 1970s,”80s and ‘90s, did most of the talking after he and bride Trina Grimes Scott emerged from an elevator at the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.

“People who don’t know me don’t know what a wonderful, pleasant, modest fellow I am,” Mr. Edwards said when asked how a man his age managed to land a much-younger wife.

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