Former Rep. Heinze Dies In Plane Crash; 4 Injured

The small-plane crash in Homer that left former state Rep. Cheryll Heinze with fatal injuries also hurt the other four people on board, but all four have been treated at a hospital and released.

The Cessna 206 crashed Tuesday night while landing on Beluga Lake.

South Peninsula Hospital spokeswoman Derotha Ferraro says the pilot and four passengers arrived at a hospital late Tuesday. Four were treated and released, but Heinze died early Wednesday as she was being prepared for transfer to an Anchorage hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the small plane left Anchorage, stopped in Kenai and then continued to Homer. It crashed between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m.

The 65-year-old Heinze represented Anchorage as a Republican in the state House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004.