Two floatplanes carrying 14 passengers from a cruise excursion with Royal Princess, who were on a seven-day roundtrip cruise out of Vancouver, collided mid-air about eight nautical miles from Ketchikan, Alaska.
Five people are dead and one person is unaccounted for. Four cruise goers and one pilot were killed. "We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families," the cruise company said. The Coast Guard dispatched helicopters and boats for search-and-rescue operations. Other rescue teams were also at the scene. Ten people involved in the crash were rescued by a passing ship. Some of them were in serious condition and one was critical injured. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the planes collided under unknown circumstances. An investigation is ongoing.
Weather conditions Monday were good. There weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip of Royal Princess.The company which operated the De Havilland Otter plane involved in the accident has suspended all flights. Other accidents with planes owned by this company occurred in 2015 and 2018. Floatplane tours are a popular shore excursion for summertime visitors.