Fatalities reported as planes collide in midair over Alaska
Fatalities reported as planes collide in midair over Alaska
At least 6 unaccounted for after 2 Alaska floatplanes go down, Coast Guard says
14 May, 2019, 13:29
Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska confirmed that he could only provide "sketchy details" but that the agency is sending a team to investigate the crash sites.
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.
Three others were killed. The others were all said to be in fair condition.
Kiffer said search and rescue crews planned to work until darkness and then pick the search back up Tuesday morning.
A file photo of the Royal Princess cruise ship.
At least six people have died and one person is missing after two floatplanes collided mid-air while carrying passengers from a cruise ship's sightseeing tour in Alaska. One is in critical condition, meaning life-threatening injuries paired with vital signs that are extremely unstable and not within normal limits. A spokeswoman for the flightseeing company said Taquan has suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.
Both sightseeing floatplanes were carrying passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which sailed out of Vancouver on Saturday.
The planes collided at 1:08 pm Monday afternoon.
The FAA said neither aircraft was under air traffic control of the crash.
The Coast Guard, which is leading the investigation, told CNN it is still looking for two people. He says the 11th person is missing from that plane. The other plane, a deHavilland Twin Otter, also included cruise travalers.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said "the floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances", according to the Associated Press.
Mischa Chernick, of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, confirmed ten patients had been admitted to the hospital.
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.
In a news release, the Coast Guard said it is "unaware" of why the planes crashed.
Seaplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water. The U.S. Forest Service and Alaska State Troopers have also responded to the scene. Not clear yet what caused the planes to crash.
There were 11 people on one plane, and Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says the 10 injured were from that plane.
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