5 killed when sightseeing planes collide in Alaska


Five people were killed on Monday after two floatplanes collided mid-air in Alaska.

The passengers were off the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by Taquan Air. A spokeswoman for the Ketchikan flightseeing company says Taquan has suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.

While the Coast Guard released a statement saying that three people were killed, Princess Cruises shared a statement with ABC News saying that there have been five confirmed fatalities.

Eleven passengers were on a de Havilland Otter DHC-3. Ten of those passengers were taken to a Ketchikan hospital. Five people were aboard the other plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. 

A passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that 14 people on the downed floatplanes were cruise passengers.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it isn’t immediately known what caused the crash.

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