Democratic Congresswomen’s Husband Dies in Plane Crash: ’We Are Devastated’
The husband of Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola of Alaska tragically died in a plane crash on Wednesday morning, leaving the congresswoman and her staff in mourning.
In a statement released by her communications director Sam Erickson, it was revealed that Eugene Peltola, the husband of the first-term Democratic lawmaker, had been killed in the accident.
— Rep. Mary Peltola (@Rep_Peltola) September 13, 2023
Erickson described Eugene Peltola as a remarkable individual who excelled in everything he did. He had a wonderful sense of humor that could brighten even the darkest moments. He was also known as the family’s talented cook and had an unwavering devotion to his loved ones.
The statement concluded by informing the public that Mary Peltola would be returning to Alaska to grieve with her family, and requested privacy during this difficult time. Meanwhile, her team would continue to fulfill their duties and serve the constituents.
CBS News reported that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was investigating the crash of a single-engine aircraft in western Alaska, near the town of St. Mary’s. However, no further details about the incident were available at the time.
NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will hold a virtual media availability today at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the investigation of the St. Mary’s, Alaska plane crash. Media wishing to attend should RSVP to [email protected] pic.twitter.com/c6aer9jKQn
— NTSB Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) September 13, 2023
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the crash resulted in a single fatality.
Eugene Peltola was the regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska, according to Politico.
Mary Peltola’s election last November was notable as it marked Alaska’s first ranked-choice voting election since the passing of long-serving GOP congressman Don Young. Young had represented the state in the House for nearly five decades before his tragic death in a plane crash in March of the previous year.
Young had succeeded former Rep. Nick Begich, who went missing in 1972 and was presumed to have died in an airplane crash. Despite extensive search efforts, no wreckage or remains were ever found.
The loss of Eugene Peltola has left Rep. Mary Peltola and her loved ones devastated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time.
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