San Diego resident among dead in Alaska mid-air collision, officials say

At Least 6 Missing After Two Planes Crash in Alaska- Reports                Sputnik  Tatiana Lukianova

While ten people miraculously survived the incident, at least five were killed and another one is still missing.

Four people died and two are missing following the midair collision of two sightseeing floatplanes carrying Royal Princess passengers near Ketchikan, Alaska, on Monday.

The smaller plane was partially submerged in the shore of George Inlet after the single-engine plane overturned and hit some trees before crashing, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens.

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 traveling companions of guests involved. Global Affairs Canada expressed condolences but did not identify the person because of privacy reasons. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water.

He said the area is en route to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular and active spot for sightseeing flights.

Eleven people were inside Taquan Air's single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down.

"The second float plane involved was operating an independent flight tour carrying four additional guests from Royal Princess along with a pilot".

The collision occurred when a larger de Havilland Otter DHC-3, carrying 10 passengers and the pilot, was returning from Misty Fjord and collided with a smaller DHC-2 Beaver.

Three of those found dead were aboard the Beaver plane.

Five people are dead after two float planes collided mid-air off the Alaskan coast on Monday.

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Nine of the passengers on the Taquan Air plane were rescued and received medical attention with one passenger's condition still unknown, the release said.

"It's been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased", Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government, said Monday evening.

"Obviously, we had some injuries - broken bones, lacerations, back injuries, but everybody was reasonably calm", he told the news conference Tuesday.

Cruise company, Princess Cruises, said rescue and recovery efforts were still taking place on Tuesday morning local time.

A spokeswoman for Taquan Air, operator of one of the planes, said the company had suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.

"We are devastated by today's incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families", Taquan said in a statement.

It's not known how the planes collided.

The Washington DC-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan on Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said. The Beaver had been flying at a 3,300-foot altitude.

"You can assume right off the top that they never saw each other", he said of the Alaska crash.

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