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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

5 dead 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska

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.

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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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However, Princess Cruises said all were Americans except for two passengers who had been missing and were from Canada and Australia.

Both aircraft plunged into waters below, where they are submerged, a source familiar with the situation told CBS News.

All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

"We are devastated by today's incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families", Taquan Air said.

Taquan Air, a regional airline flying one of the planes, canceled all flights while the crash is being investigated. The cause of the tragedy is now under investigation.

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