US agencies investigate Alaska plane crash that killed husband of lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash of a single-engine Piper PA-18 in Alaska that killed the husband of Representative Mary Sattler Peltola.

The FAA said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff near St. Mary’s, Alaska, around 8:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Only Peltola’s husband, who was the pilot, was on board. Peltola’s office on Wednesday confirmed the death of Eugene Peltola Jr following a plane accident.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)