By NBC News. Five people are dead and one person is unaccounted for after two floatplanes carrying passengers from a cruise excursion collided mid-air in Alaska, according to the cruise line.
The two planes carried 14 passengers from the Royal Princess who were on a seven-day roundtrip cruise out of Vancouver, according to a statement Monday from Princess Cruises. The planes collided mid-air about 1 p.m. about eight nautical miles from Ketchikan, Alaska, at the southeastern end of the state,.
“We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families,” the cruise company said. “Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”
An Otter floatplane with 11 people onboard was returning from a Misty Fjords tour while a second Beaver floatplane carrying five people was on an independent tour. (Read more from “5 Dead, 1 Missing Afters Planes Collide in Alaska” HERE)
Two Floatplanes Collide in Midair near Ketchikan, Alaska
By USA Today. Ten people are receiving treatment at Peace Health’s Ketchikan Medical Center. One person is in critical condition, three are in serious condition and six people are in fair condition, Peace Health Communications Director Beverly Mayhew told USA TODAY. . .
The crash happened amid flightseeing season, the Anchorage Daily News reported, and both planes involved are frequently flown by Alaska air taxi services.
A spokesperson for Taquan Air, which operated the plane carrying 11 people, said the company is cancelling flights while federal authorities investigate the incident. . .
Weather conditions at the time of the crash included high overcast skies with 9 mph southeast winds. (Read more from “Two Floatplanes Collide in Midair near Ketchikan, Alaska” HERE)