BC woman identified as victim of Alaska plane crash

15 Mai, 2019, 18:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • BC woman identified as victim of Alaska plane crash

A passenger on the cruise told the Associated Press the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip.

Broadcaster NBC said early on Tuesday that a fifth person had died and one remained missing.

The Coast Guard has been leading the rescue operation with help from local volunteers, state police, firefighters, forest service workers and staff from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Ten people involved in the crash were rescued by a passing ship, the Saint Innocent.

Both planes were flying excursions sold through Princess Cruise Lines, which confirmed in a statement to ABC News that five people were killed. The current figure may change awith two people still missing.

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.

A popular activity is flightseeing in Misty Fjords National Monument to view the lakes, snowcapped peaks and glacier valleys in the wilderness area.

The Royal Princess departed Vancouver last Saturday, and was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday May 18.

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Ten people survived but were injured in the collision, which took place over open water during daylight hours on Monday, the Coast Guard said.

KTUU reported that Princess Cruises confirmed in a statement that all five confirmed deaths were on the smaller plane.

'In a remote area such as this, given our limited resources, we rely on our partner agencies and appreciate the support that good Samaritans have rendered to this point, ' said Capt. Stephen White, Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander.

The Otter, operated by Taquan Air, was initially traveling at an altitude of about 3,800 feet (1,158 meters), according to Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, whose investigators arrived in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon. The other plane was operated by Mountain Air Service of Ketchikan, and the four booked the flight independent of the cruise ship, Princess Cruises said.

They will also be requesting information from parties involved and looking at pilot log books, the training and qualifications of the pilots, any possible medical issues, whether flight plans were filed with the companies or FAA, maintenance records for the aircrafts as well as each company's operating procedures and whether those procedures were followed, she said.

The Ketchikan-based operator of the larger plane, Taquan Air, said its pilot and nine passengers were rescued and receiving medical attention, but one passenger's fate was unknown.

The NTSB team began investigating on Tuesday and is unlikely to determine the cause during the week it will spend at the scene, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told a news conference.

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