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Three confirmed killed in mid-air seaplane crash in southeastern Alaska

A Taquan Air DHC-2 Beaver at Ketchikan Airport Sunnya343/WIKIMEDIA COMMONSA Taquan Air DHC-2 Beaver at Ketchikan Airport
Patty Aguilar | 14 May, 2019, 07:28

The Beaver had 5 people aboard, and the Otter had 11 people aboard, the FAA said. A source close to the investigation told CBS News that both planes are submerged in water and one is believed to be in a lake and the other is in the ocean.

All nine rescued passengers are in hospital and listed in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

At least 10 others have been hospitalised, according to the US Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration officials. The flight, sold through Princess Cruises, was returning from a tour of Alaska's Misty Fjords and was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot.

Princess Cruises confirms to CityNews Vancouver both planes were carrying guests from Royal Princess, which is now sailing a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise that departed Vancouver on Saturday, May 11th for Anchorage.

Neither of the single-engine planes was under air traffic control when they collided, and circumstances of the crash were not immediately known, Kenitzer said. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip.

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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says one of the planes carried 11 people and the other plane carried five.

"We are incredibly distressed by the situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families", Princess Cruise Lines said. "Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved", the company said.

Rescue crews from the Coast Guard and partner agencies were searching for survivors. One passenger remains unaccounted for, it said.

Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 9 miles per hour (14 kph) southeast winds. 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.

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