Five people were killed, 10 were injured and one went missing two floatplanes carrying cruise passengers collided in mid-air over Southeast Alaska on Monday, authorities have confirmed.
Princess Cruises confirmed to media that the pilot of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and all of its four passengers died after colliding with a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 near the town of Ketchikan at approx. 1 p.m.
The cruise line company said in a statement,
We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.
According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, there was 11 people in the DHC-3, among which 10 injured and the 11th person was missing.
A PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center spokesperson told the Associated Press that one patient was in critical condition, three were in good condition and the other victims were in fair condition.
The larger plane reportedly, which was operated by Taquan Air, was flying on an excursion sold through Princess Cruises while the smaller plane was operating an independent tour.
Taquan has reportedly suspended operations while federal authorities have been investigating the deadly crash to identify the cause of the collision.
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