MEA spokeswoman killed in Homer plane crash

Cheryll Heinze

Cheryll Heinze, a former Alaska state legislator who served as Matanuska Electric Association's Director of Human Resources and Public Affairs, was killed in a plane accident Tuesday, July 10, in Homer, according to Alaska State Troopers and MEA.

According to troopers, Heinze, 65, of Anchorage, was one of four passengers aboard a plane that was piloted by MEA general manager Evan "Joe" Griffith, 71. Troopers say the float plane crash landed in Beluga Lake at approximately 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Homer Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene in a rescue boad and eventually pulled all five people from the water. Heinze died while being transported to the hospital.

According to MEA, everyone aboard was employed by the cooperative.