At least six killed in Alaska mid-air floatplane crash

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019

"With the loss of life in this case, we know that the impact to Alaska is huge and our thoughts are with the community here".

The weather Monday afternoon in Ketchikan was partly sunny with 9 mph winds from the southeast and 10 miles of visibility, according to the National Weather Service.

The Royal Princess vessel was calling at the port as part of a 7-night voyage which departed Vancouver, Canada on May 11, 2019.

Ten other passengers have been taken to hospital following the incident on Monday near the town of Ketchikan.

"We immediately activated our Princess Care Team employees in the region and sent additional team members to Ketchikan overnight to assist the families impacted", O'Connor said in the statement.

The Ketchikan-based operator of the larger plane, Taquan Air, said its pilot and nine passengers had been accounted for, and one passenger remained missing. A team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators was on its way from the Washington, D.C., to the crash site.

Owyoung confirms that a pilot is among the five people dead. Taquan Air, a regional airline, canceled all flights while the crash is being investigated.

The 10 rescued passengers, all Americans, were being treated at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Centre, USA Today reported, and one of those patients was in critical condition.

Two seaplanes carrying a total of 16 people have collided midair and crashed into waters off Ketchikan City, Alaska. Kenitzer says local authorities say five people were onboard a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, and 11 were onboard a de Havilland Otter.

'At this point there is a variety of factors that go into survivability, ' Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield said.

Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told The Associated Press that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident.

Both planes were flying excursions sold through Princess Cruise Lines, which confirmed in a statement to ABC News that five people were killed.

The Coast Guard says six people are unaccounted for after two floatplanes went down in the water in southeast Alaska.

Princess Cruises said in a statement that it is extending its support to travelling companions of people in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety program were behind the crash.