|(above) Corey Carlson (#21) scoring against Wisconsin in the '90s|
|(above) Former DU hockey player Corey Carlson and his family died in a tragic mid-air plane collision on Saturday|
by Lisa Demer
A midair collision Saturday near Trapper Creek, Alaska killed a family of four, including former University of Denver hockey player Corey Carlson. The pilot, Carlson, his wife, Hetty Barnett Carlson, and their two young children, Ella, 5 and Adelaide "Addie," 3, died in the accident; Corey's father, Don Carlson of Anchorage, confirmed on Sunday.
The two floatplanes collided about 2:15 p.m. Saturday near Amber Lake, about 12 miles southwest of Trapper Creek.
The second plane, a Cessna 206, was flown by Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River. Its floats were heavily damaged but Earp, a veteran Alaska Airlines captain, was able to get to Anchorage and safely land on a runway at Stevens International Airport, according to troopers.
Corey Carlson was flying his Cessna 180, which crashed and burned on the ground. The only part left was the tail section, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigator.
Carlson, a lifelong Alaskan resident, played for the University of Denver between in 1989-94 scoring 23 goals and 42 assists. In recent years he worked for GE Drilling Systems, an oilfield services company [read entire article].