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B.C. couple identified as victims of Alaska plane crash

16 May 2019

A Utah man is among the victims of a deadly plane collision that occurred in Alaska Monday.

The pilot and nine passengers on the Otter were able to make their way to shore, where they were rescued and taken to hospital, Kahle said.

Officials said the crash happened at George Inlet near the city of Ketchikan, and involved two small float planes.

The Voyage of the Glaciers cruise was on a seven-day trip that departed Vancouver on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18, the company said.

Princess Cruises is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp. Their conditions were not immediately known.

"The Misty Fjords National Monument is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska, and only by air will you be able to fully appreciate the dramatic beauty of land, slowly crafted by the hands of nature over tens of thousands of years", says the cruise line in promoting the tour.

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The flight, sold through Princess Cruises, was returning from a tour of Alaska's Misty Fjords and was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot. Two passengers and the pilot - all Americans - died.

The US Coast Guard confirmed on Tuesday one of four people killed was an Australian but gave no other details. Four of the injured were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle while three others, taken to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, have since been released.

All 14 passengers on the two seaplanes came from the cruise ship, Royal Princess.

Six people are dead after two floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers collided in flight near Ketchikan, Alaska, on Monday, the US Coast Guard said.

Princess Cruises spokesman Brian O'Conner said the company was extending its full support to investigating authorities as well as to the travelling companions of the guests involved.

"We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families". National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way from Washington, D.C., to the crash site.

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Taquan Air said the company has suspended operations while the crash is investigated.

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

Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 14 kph southeast winds. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 "collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances", the FAA told ABC News.

The NTSB later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety programme were behind the crash.

Taylor Dolven covers the tourism industry at the Miami Herald, where she aims to tell stories about the people who work in tourism and the people who enjoy it.

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B.C. couple identified as victims of Alaska plane crash