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NTSB says Alaska midair collisions both marked by planes blending into mountainous backgrounds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' A federal accident investigator says a deadly midair collision between two small planes in Alaska over the weekend was marked by the same factor involved in another recent midair collision.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis says the private aircraft in each collision were difficult to spot amid mountainous backgrounds.
Lewis says the two crashes about 200 miles apart already are prompting plans to hold safety meetings with pilots on ways to see other aircraft and to be seen.
An Anchorage family of four died when their single-engine Cessna 180 floatplane crashed and burned Saturday after hitting the other floatplane north of Anchorage.
The other plane, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage. The 56-year-old pilot, Kevin Earp of Eagle River, was uninjured.