By Nick Baum
TUESDAY – 5/14/19
Two small floatplanes collided midair in Ketchikan, Alaska, killing four and leaving two missing according to the US Coast Guard. The passengers identified on both planes were from the Royal Princess cruise ship, a visiting ship on a seven-day cruise. Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard has led the current investigation into what caused the accident as well as finding the two missing persons.
A news release was later published Monday night, confirming that nine of the ten passengers on Taquan Air, a small sightseeing plane line, were rescued and being treated. The report didn’t specify the conditions of the plane’s pilot or tenth passenger. The Taquan Air floatplane collided with an independent sightseeing aircraft, where it is feared all passengers died.
At the time of writing this, there will be a press conference shortly at 8 AM regarding the current investigation into the matter. Ketchikan is a small city on the Alaskan coast with a population of around 8,000. It is known for its floatplanes and sightseeing, and is a regular excursion for cruise lines.
Sources and Pictures: United States Census Bureau, CNN, Disciples of Flight