Focus Turns to Investigation in Deadly Alaska Mid-air Crash
Focus Turns to Investigation in Deadly Alaska Mid-air Crash
Alaska plane crash: 2 floatplanes in Ketchikan midair collision — 5 dead - Daily Star
16 May, 2019, 00:09
Four bodies were recovered and two people were missing after the float planes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A Royal Princess passenger reported on the Cruise Critic forum that the captain of the ship sent a letter to passengers with information about the crash early Tuesday. "Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved", said the company.
The couple was on an Alaskan cruise that left from Vancouver on Saturday. Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said those people were unaccounted for. Multiple other passengers were injured.
It is understood the Otter floatplane was returning from a Misty Fjords tour while the Beaver floatplane was on an independent tour.
After the crash, the 10 injured passengers were initially taken to a hospital in Ketchikan.
At this time, the U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have "confirmed that nine of the guests have been rescued and are now receiving medical attention with the condition of one guest still unknown", Owyoung says.
A Richmond, BC woman has been identified as the lone Canadian among five who died following a mid-air collision involving two float planes in Alaska on Monday. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip.
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The company that owns one of the aircraft, Taquan Air, released a statement that they will cooperate fully with the investigation.
In June 2015, a pilot and eight passengers had died when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, operated by Promech Air Inc, crashed into mountainous terrain about 39km from Ketchikan.
"We are devastated by today's incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families", Taquan said in a statement. "At this time, we are in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders", Taquan Air said in a statement.
Simon Bodie, 56, from Tempe in Sydney's inner-west, was one of six people killed a seaplane crash in Alaska on Monday. The plane had descended to an altitude of 3,200 to 3,300 feet when it collided with the single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, as both headed to Ketchikan.
"We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search efforts", said Capt. Stephen White, Sector Juneau commander.
Princess Cruises said nine of its passengers, who were on the larger aircraft operated by Taquan Airlines, were rescued and receiving medical attention.
Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies.
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