Richmond woman identified as victim of Alaska float plane collision

At Least 6 Missing After Two Planes Crash in Alaska- Reports                Sputnik  Tatiana Lukianova

At Least 6 Missing After Two Planes Crash in Alaska- Reports Sputnik Tatiana Lukianova

Princess Cruises confirmed that the pilot of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and all four passengers were killed in the collision with a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 just after 1pm local time about eight nautical miles from the town of Ketchikan.

"The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown, the statement continued". Two others were missing, according to Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The National Transportation Safety Board has assumed control of the investigation after arriving on Tuesday and has revealed one of the planes had descended in altitude when it collided with the other aircraft. It was operated by Mountain Air Service, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said.

Floatplanes are aircrafts with pontoons or floats that allow them to land on water.

The planes that crashed Monday were carrying a total of 16 people - 14 cruise ship passengers and the pilots.

In a statement to CNBC, Taquan Air, the company which operated the De Havilland Otter plane, said it has suspended all flights.

Ten people survived but were injured in the collision, which took place over open water during daylight, the Coast Guard said.

Three of the people who died were aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver carrying five people, according to Dykens.

The passenger was from one of two sightseeing planes reported down in George Inlet early Monday afternoon and was dropped off by a U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boat.

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"Our crews are out there searching diligently alongside our partner agencies and some good Samaritans".

"We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families".

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

Royal Princess is now sailing a 7-night Alaska cruise which departed Vancouver, Canada on May 11, 2019.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska", the department said.

'We are extending our full support to the investigating authorities as well as the traveling companions of the guests involved, ' the company said in a statement.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 14 kph southeast winds.

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

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