Eugene "Buzzy" Peltola, Husband of Rep. Mary Peltola, Dies in Plane Crash in Alaska


September 15, 2023

Eugene and Rep. Mary Peltola at her swearing ceremony in 2022. (Photo/File)

Breaking News. Eugene "Buzzy" Peltola, the husband of Rep. Mary Peltola (D), died on Wednesday morning after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed shortly after takeoff in a mountainous area of southwestern Alaska, officials said. Affectionately known as Buzzy, Mr. Peltola was 57.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Peltola was the pilot and sole occupant of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub that crashed under "unknown circumstances" around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. He took a hunter and the hunter's equipment to a remote location 64 miles away from the Western Alaska village of St. Mary's. After dropping off the hunter, he took off and the crash occured.

Two hunters at the scene of the crash provided medical care, but Peltola died before a rescue team arrived early Wednesday, they said.


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