On Monday, April 13, 2019, a deadly plane crash took place in Alaska. Following the float plane crash, five people have been confirmed dead including one Canadian. An investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.
At around 1 PM local time, a tragic accident took place in Alaska. According to Global, two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided into each other near the southeast Alaskan town of Ketchikan.
During the accident, 10 passengers survived and were taken to a Ketchikan hospital with injuries. A spokesperson with PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center told CTV that the people who are injured are in fair to good condition.
As of Tuesday, May 14, 2019, five people were pronounced dead with one person still missing. A Canadian has been confirmed as one of the deceased victims.
NBC News has stated that of the five dead, four were cruise ship passengers and one was a pilot.
There were 14 passengers and two pilots on both sightseeing planes from the cruise ship Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruises. The cruise was allegedly going on a seven-day trip starting from Vancouver and travelling to Anchorage.
The ship left on its cruise May 11, 2019, and was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18, 2019.
According to Global, one of the aircrafts involved in the accident was a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver which was carrying five people. The other was a de Havilland Otter DHC-3, which was supposedly carrying 11.
At this time, it is unknown how these two planes collided. A team of U.S. federal accident investigators are expected to arrive in Alaska today.
The names of the Canadian and the 4 other victims have not been released at this time due to privacy concerns. Further details surrounding the case have not been released by officials as the investigation is ongoing.
Princess Cruises has since released a public statement regarding the plane crash on Facebook. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic plane accident in Ketchikan yesterday, and are offering our full support to the investigating authorities as well as the travelling companions of guests involved,” wrote the Facebook statement.