A sightseeing plane has crashed in southeastern Alaska, killing all passengers on board.
The accident took place at about midday on August 5th in the area of Misty Fjords National Monument, near the city of Ketchikan, according to the United States coastguard.
Six people onboard were killed as a result of the accident, including 5 passengers and a pilot.
The plane’s emergency alert beacon was activated at about 11:20am local time. The wreckage was found in three hours, as poor weather conditions hampered aerial search efforts. Rescue swimmers were deployed to the site, and they reported no survivors.
The plane involved in Thursday’s crash, a de Havilland Beaver, was owned by Southeast Aviation LLC.
“Our hearts are shattered at the loss of six people today. We are thinking of and grieving with the families of the five passengers and our dear friend and pilot aboard the aircraft,” the company said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the first responders and agencies involved, including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Transportation Safety Board and Alaska State Troopers.”
Five passengers were from the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam. The company said in a statement that the float plane excursion was offered by an independent tour operator and not sold by them.
Small plane flights are popular among tourists in Ketchikan. Unfortunately, deadly plane accidents are not uncommon there. The last such accident took place in 2019, when two sightseeing planes collided in midair, killing six of the 16 people on board.
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