Juneau, Alaska-A tourist plane crashed on Thursday in southeastern Alaska, killing all six on board, the US Coast Guard said.
According to the Coast Guard, the plane’s emergency alert beacon was activated at around 11:20 am in the area of Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan. The Coast Guard said the helicopter company reported seeing the wreckage on the ridge of the search area, and the Coast Guard crew found the wreckage at around 2:40 pm.
The company said in a statement that the five passengers in flight were from the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam. The ship anchored in Ketchikan on Thursday.
“The floatplane excursion was provided by an independent tour operator and was not sold by the Holland America Line,” the statement said.
Ketchikan is a popular stop for cruise ships visiting Alaska, allowing cruise ship passengers to take a variety of sightseeing tours while in the harbor.
One of the most popular is a trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. Here, visitors can see glacier valleys, snow-capped peaks and lakes in the wilderness areas.
In 2019, two tourist planes collided in the air, killing six of the 16 people on board the two planes.
The plane involved on Thursday, De Havilland Beaver, was owned by South East Aviation LLC, said Kipwadrow, a Coast Guard senior soldier. The message left to the Ketchikan tourism company was not immediately returned to the Associated Press.
The company’s website states that it offers charter flights to other communities in southeastern Alaska, as well as sightseeing tours to Misty Fjords National Monument and bear observation sites.
According to Wadlow, the Coast Guard was told by the plane operator that it had five passengers and one pilot on board.
Wadlow did not have details about when the plane took off.
Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska, said his agency is awaiting the results of a search by the Coast Guard and soldiers. A message asking for comment was also sent to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Coast Guard confirms six deaths in Alaska tourist plane crash: NPR
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