ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former state lawmaker Cheryll Heinze, 65, died Wednesday morning following a plane crash Tuesday night in Homer, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers said calls came in around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday of a plane crash at Beluga Lake in Homer and that Homer Police and Fire Departments and rescued all on board.
Five people were on board the Cessna 206 that crashed, according to Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to preliminary information from Ian Gregor, a communications manager with the Federal Aviation Administration's Western-Pacific Region, the Cessna flipped while landing on Beluga Lake at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The four survivors of the crash reportedly suffered non-life-threatening hypothermia.
Matanuska Electric Association spokesperson Kevin Brown -- who worked for Heinze, a three-year employee of the electric co-op and its director of human resources and public affairs -- said MEA general manager Evan "Joe" Griffith, 71, owned and piloted the floatplane which crashed while landing at Beluga Lake. Brown wouldn't yet release the names of the other three passengers, but confirmed that they were also MEA employees.