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4 dead, 2 missing, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska
15 May 2019, 06:53 | Glen Norman
Alaska plane crash: 2 floatplanes in Ketchikan midair collision — 5 dead - Daily Star
It's unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said.
The planes were carrying passengers from a cruise ship which departed from Vancouver on Saturday. In a statement obtained by CBS Anchorage, they said nine of their guests were rescued and accounted for from one of the aircrafts with a 10th still missing, while four guests on board a second aircraft were killed. Six people were injured in the crash landings near Ketchikan while conducting sightseeing tours in George Inlet.
The U.S Coast Guard has launched assets and now involved in the rescue and due to the vast size of the region partner agencies are also involved.
'We are extending our full support to the investigating authorities as well as the traveling companions of the guests involved, ' the company said in a statement.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington DC are expected to arrive in Ketchikan later on Tuesday.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau is actively coordinating the search with the US Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Ketchikan Fire Department, Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Alaska State Troopers and TEMSCO Aviation.
The incident took place just after 1 p.m.in the George Inlet area near Ketchikan and involved a small floatplane, carrying 10 guests and a pilot from the cruise ship Royal Princess, Princess Cruises spokeswoman Alivia Owyoung tells PEOPLE. Ten were taken to a Ketchikan hospital.
The Coast Guard says two more bodies have been recovered after two floatplanes collided in Alaska, bringing the death toll to six.
Coast Guard planes and vessels scrambled a rescue mission after the crash, sending an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from its base in Ketchikan.
The Beaver, with five people aboard, including the pilot, broke up in mid-air scattering wreckage over a wide area.
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