Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

Five people are dead and one is still missing after a collision between two float planes with 16 combined people onboard, according to a cruise line whose passengers are among those killed. One was in critical condition, three are in serious condition and six are in fair condition.

Ten patients were admitted to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Mischa Chernick told ABC News.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that two planes collided under unknown circumstances, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour.

The sightseeing planes were carrying tourists from the cruise ship Royal Princess, the Associated Press reported.

Both planes were reported as float planes, one was a beaver model and one was an otter model.

The Taquan Air flight was sold through Princess Cruises, the company said.

A cruise ship, the Royal Princess, is now moored at the inlet near Ketchikan.

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The Voyage of the Glaciers cruise was on a seven-day trip that departed Vancouver on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18, the company said.

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. A Ketchikan Fire Department representative said around 3:30 p.m. Monday that more people had been found, but could not specify how many or what condition they are in.

The US Coast Guard said nine of the 10 people aboard one of the aircraft had been rescued and were receiving medical treatment, but four passengers and the pilot of the other small plane died.

Weather conditions included high overcast skies with 9 miles per hour (14 kph) southeast winds. Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said those people were unaccounted for.

"The amount of people aboard the aircrafts is unconfirmed at this time".

The Coast Guard says the 11th person on board that plane is missing.

"A case like this, we will search as long as we can", he said.

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