Cruise Passengers Killed As Planes Collide In Mid-Air

  • Cruise Passengers Killed As Planes Collide In Mid-Air

Cruise Passengers Killed As Planes Collide In Mid-Air

Four people have been confirmed killed, two remain missing and 10 others were hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Last summer, all 11 on board another Taquan Air flight survived when the 72-year-old pilot confused snow on a mountain with a body of water and crashed on a rocky mountainside on Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula. The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of two guests and the pilot.

The two float planes were both carrying passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which had made its way to Anchorage from Vancouver.

Simon Bodie, 56, from Tempe in Sydney's inner-west, was one of six people killed a seaplane crash in Alaska on Monday.

Princess Cruises says the ship departed Ketchikan approximately 3.5 hours late and was scheduled to arrive in Juneau at approximately 9 a.m.

Dive teams were searching for the missing pair in the icy cold waters of a southeast Alaska inlet on Tuesday after Monday's collision near Ketchikan, a popular destination for cruise ships in Alaska.

Neither of the single-engine planes was under air traffic control when they collided, Kenitzer said.

Ten people were rescued and suffered injuries ranging from "arm fractures to ribs to spine to leg", hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg told the Daily News. As of Tuesday night, three had been discharged.

The pilot and nine passengers on the Otter were able to make their way to shore, where they were rescued and taken to hospital, Kahle said.

The passengers were from the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights. He said board member Jennifer Homendy also is traveling with the so-called "Go Team", which investigates major accidents. Preliminary reports to the Coast Guard indicate that this was a mid-air collision between the two planes. On the plane were at least two Americans and the American pilot, the cruise line said.

Multiple people were rescued, according to Princess Cruises and the Coast Guard. "This is not the outcome we hoped for and extend our deepest sympathies during this very hard time".

A Washington, D.C. -based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said.

Ten people were injured, he said. Neither plane was required by regulation to have such recorders, she said. The Beaver had been flying at a 3,300-foot altitude.

"We still have to recover the planes and then we have to look at those".