Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Alaska plane crash: Two planes crash as US coast guard confirm five people have died | World | News

The crashes occurred near to the Alaskan town of Ketchikan. Local media says the US Coast Guard confirmed five people have died in the tragic collision. The planes were carrying passengers from a cruise ship which departed from Vancouver on Saturday. As of yet, it is unsure as to what caused both planes to go down.

Officials have so far confirmed one person is in a critical condition. 

City News Vancouver released a statement from Princess Cruises: “A small float plane operated by Taquan Air that was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises was involved in an accident approximately eight miles from Ketchikan. 

“A second float plane was also involved in an incident and was carrying four guests from Royal Princess on an independent tour.

“It has also been confirmed there are five fatalities from the independent air tour.”

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Ten passengers were pulled from the wreckage of the planes. 

Mischa Chernick, of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, confirmed ten patients had been admitted to the hospital.

She added: “We have one in critical condition, three in serious condition, and six in fair condition.”

Authorities also identified the two floatplanes as a de Havilland Beaver and de Havilland Otter.

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One of the aircraft was carrying 10 people while the other had five passengers according to local authorities.

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 crash occurred in the George Inlet, about 40-48km (25-30 miles) from Ketchikan.

The crash site is near to a popular tourist lodge that runs excursions to the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument.

In 2015 another floatplane crashed into a mountain in the northeast of Ketchikan.

All nine people onboard the aircraft were killed.

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