According to a statement released by her office on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola’s husband was killed in an aircraft accident.
In a statement, her chief of staff, Anton McParland, said: “We are heartbroken to share that Mary’s husband, Eugene Peltola Jr.—”Buzzy’ to those of us who knew and loved him—passed tragically earlier this morning as a result of a plane accident in Alaska.
The collision of a Piper PA 18-150 Super Cub that occurred at 8:48 p.m. is being looked into, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. unclear conditions on Tuesday close to St. Mary’s, Alaska.
The distance between St. Mary’s and Anchorage is roughly 440 miles (708.11 km).
“The pilot took a hunter and his gear 64 miles from St. Mary’s to a distant spot. The aircraft took off to return after leaving the hunter, but it appeared to have crashed in a remote area of mountainous terrain, according to the NTSB.
There was just the pilot in the aircraft. The Alaska National Guard was responding to the scene with NTSB investigators.
The NTSB chairperson convened a news conference on Wednesday to discuss a collision in western Alaska that killed the pilot, the sole person on board, who was thought to be Eugene Peltola Jr.
The agency defers to local authorities for assistance in identifying fatalities.
In order to be with her family, the lawmaker was traveling from Washington, D.C., to Alaska, and McParland requested respect for their privacy at this difficult time.
He gave all of his love and attention to his parents, children, siblings, extended relatives, and friends.
He also cherished Mary. We are devastated by the family’s loss, said McParland. American voters chose Alaskan Democrat Peltola for a full term in office. months after winning a special election in response to the passing of U.S. Senator Don Young.
Until his passing, the Republican had held the state’s lone House seat for 49 years. Peltola, a Yup’ik, is the first Alaskan to hold public office in the country. House.