Dead, 1 Missing After Alaska Floatplanes Collide

Dead, 1 Missing After Alaska Floatplanes Collide

The mid-air collision between a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 and a smaller DHC-2 Beaver is being investigated by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Taquan Air released a statement saying it was "in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders". "There has been a tremendous outpouring of compassion and support from everywhere in the community, and we offer honest gratitude to all those who are responding to the crashes".

Alaska State Troopers named 37-year-old Elsa Wilk as the Canadian victim of the crash, which killed six people.

The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collision, which happened around 1 pm local time. The story of the crash is attracting worldwide attention. The second plane, a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3, was on a Misty Fjords shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises and operated by Taquan Air and had ten cruise ship guests on board, plus a pilot.

"It's been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased", said Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the local government, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

In a statement, Taquan Air said it had suspended all flights.

Another popular trip is flightseeing in Misty Fjords National Monument.

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Floatplanes are aircrafts with pontoons or floats that allow them to land on water. Visitors marvel at the lakes, snowcapped peaks and glacier valleys in the wilderness area.

Investigators plan to recover the wreckage, speak with witnesses including the surviving pilot, and acquire additional data to determine "how the two planes came together", she said.

Ketchikan-based Taquan Air operated the Otter, with 10 passengers and the pilot, while the company flying the Beaver has not yet been identified. The investigators will be collecting information from the survivors, the Federal Aviation Administration, any other witnesses who might have been in the area, flight logs, training records and other sources, including the wrecked planes, Homendy said. The team expects to be on the ground in Ketchikan for about a week.

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The discovery of the bodies closes the search at the scene where the two seaplanes crashed after colliding over the inlet waters near Ketchikan, in southeastern Alaska, said Matthew Schofield, a U.S. Coast Guard officer.

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