4 cruise ship passengers, pilot dead after float planes collide in Alaska

A Taquan Air DHC-2 Beaver at Ketchikan Airport

According to multiple reports, five cruise ship visitors have died and one pilot after two float planes collided at George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Five people have been confirmed dead after a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and de Havilland DHC-3 Otter collided and crashed near a popular tourist lodge on Monday.

Ten people rescued from the crash were being treated at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, USA Today reported, with one of those patients in critical condition.

At this time, the U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have "confirmed that nine of the guests have been rescued and are now receiving medical attention with the condition of one guest still unknown", Owyoung says.

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The U.S Coast Guard has launched assets and now involved in the rescue and due to the vast size of the region partner agencies are also involved.

"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. Not clear yet what caused the planes to crash.

One plane was carrying 11 people when it hit the other, which had five people aboard, near Ketchikan, the Associated Press reports.

Coast Guard spokesman Jon-Paul Rios says three others remain missing.

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"Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event", the Taquan Air statement read.

She said the ship was not leaving as scheduled and there weren't any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water. Authorities say 10 of the people were accounted for.

The deHavilland Twin Otter, which is marked as Viking Air and was flown by local flightseeing operator Taquan Air, included 10 passengers from the excursion sold through Princess and the pilot. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Around 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard received notice of the downed plane about 40 minutes earlier, Rios told KBBD radio.

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The weather in the area at the time of the incident was partly sunny with winds at 9 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

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