4 dead, 2 missing, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 15, 2019

The cruise was on a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers that departed Vancouver on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday, May 18.

Eleven people were inside a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by Taquan Air when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument.

The larger plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 with 10 passengers and the pilot, had descended from 3,800 feet (1158 meters) feet and collided with a smaller de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, carrying four passengers from the same cruise ship, the Royal Princess, and the pilot.

An adventurous Australian businessman described as "a great family man" has been killed in the collision of two sightseeing seaplanes in Alaska.

The planes crashed into the icy cold waters off a southeast Alaska inlet near Ketchikan, a popular destination for cruise ships in Alaska.

"It has also been confirmed there are five fatalities from the independent air tour".

The beaver then crashed on a rocky shoreline, John told the outlet.

The death toll was initially reported as four, with two people missing.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough announced all 16 people on the two planes, including the two pilots, have been accounted for. "Nobody's in a life-threatening condition".

The water temperature off Ketchikan on Tuesday was 48 Fahrenheit (8.9 C), the National Weather Service said. "This (deceased) individual appears to have had difficulty egressing the plane".

The U.S. Coast Guard and search and rescue volunteers had been searching for the two missing people for over 12 hours and as recently as Tuesday evening, still held out hope they would find them alive.

"At this point there is a variety of factors that go into survivability", Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield said.

Transport safety investigators from Anchorage and Washington DC were headed to the crash site on Tuesday morning local time.

"We immediately activated our Princess Care Team employees in the region and sent additional team members to Ketchikan overnight to assist the families impacted", said Brian O'Connor, a spokesman for Princess Cruises.

A spokesperson for Taquan Air, the operator of the Otter, said the company had suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.

There was a serious, though not fatal, crash last July involving Taquan Air.

All nine people onboard the aircraft were killed.

A 2015 crash in the same area was eerily similar to Monday's incident. The plane was on a sightseeing tour to Misty Fjords sold through Princess Cruises.

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