Alaska Representative Mary Peltola announced the tragic passing of her husband due to a recent plane crash in the state. This sorrowful information was made public via a statement shared on Peltola’s X account.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have issued statements regarding the accident. They confirmed that a single-engine aircraft went down after departing on Tuesday evening in the vicinity of St. Mary’s in the mountainous regions of western Alaska.
Mary Peltola’s statement gave insights into the life and character of Eugene Peltola Jr., fondly referred to as “Buzzy.” He was portrayed as an individual of diverse talents, often shining bright even in challenging times with his wit and humor. His dedication and love towards his family, especially his wife Mary, were notably highlighted.
The late Eugene Peltola Jr. held prominent positions in his career. He was once the regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for Alaska. He also played a significant role in the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. His passing is mourned among political and community groups in Alaska.
Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Republican Party, expressed her condolences on the sad occasion. She emphasized Eugene Peltola Jr.’s warmth, generosity, and charismatic personality, qualities which made him dear to numerous Alaskans.
Mary Peltola’s electoral achievement last year was also noteworthy. She emerged victorious in a special election for the at-large congressional seat in Alaska. This win marked her as the first indigenous Alaskan in Congress and the inaugural Democrat to occupy the position in almost 50 years, earning her significant acclaim in Alaska.
Alaska’s vast terrain combined with infrastructural limitations has historically rendered air travel in the state hazardous.