3 dead, 3 missing, 10 injured after Alaskan floatplanes collide mid-air

3 dead, 3 missing, 10 injured after Alaskan floatplanes collide mid-air

The U.S. Coast Guard, partner agencies and volunteers are now looking for three missing people following reports of two floatplanes colliding around George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Coast Guard spokesman Jon-Paul Rios says three others remain missing. Ten others have been hospitalized in Ketchikan, one in critical condition.

The planes were carrying passengers from a cruise ship which departed from Vancouver on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Ketchikan flightseeing company says Taquan has suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.

Neither of the single-engine planes was under air traffic control when they collided, and the circumstances of the crash weren't immediately known.

Five people are dead after two float planes collided mid airoff the Alaskan coast.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the crash said the "multiple aircraft accident" occurred in Coon Cove near George's Inlet, involving a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de Havilland Otter DC-3. Three people are in serious condition, while six others are in fair condition, said Mischa Chernick, a hospital official.

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Jerry Kiffer of Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad told KRBD radio that the DeHavilland Beaver and Otter both were in the water when rescue crews arrived at the scene.

The other plane had five people aboard, and he says they are unaccounted for.

Cindy Cicchetti, a Royal Princess passenger, said the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews Monday from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan in response to the incident. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip.

In a statement, Princess Cruises says it's activated members of its Care Team to provide assistance to the families impacted.

Weather conditions included high overcast skies with 9 miles per hour (14 kph) southeast winds.

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