5 dead, 1 missing after floatplanes carrying cruise-goers collide in Alaska

5 dead 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska

Alaska State Troopers confirmed on Tuesday that Simon Bodie, 56, from Tempe in Sydney's inner-west, was one of six people killed in the horror crash.

Last summer, all 11 on board another Taquan Air flight survived when the 72-year-old pilot confused snow on a mountain with a body of water and crashed on a rocky mountainside on Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula.

Ten people were rescued and are receiving medical care.

After the crash, the 10 injured passengers were initially taken to a hospital in Ketchikan.

Dykens said a Coast Guard helicopter located the bodies and sent in the Ketchikan volunteers.

The US Coast Guard confirmed on Tuesday one of four people killed was an Australian but gave no other details.

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He says the plane had descended to an altitude of 3,200 to 3,300 feet when it collided with the smaller plane, the Beaver piloted by Sullivan, as both planes headed to Ketchikan with cruise ship passengers. The ship is continuing to its next scheduled stop of Juneau.

One aircraft, operated by Taquan Air, was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises.

Work at the crash site will now shift to an investigation into what led the two planes, which were ferrying Princess Cruises passengers on sightseeing expeditions, to strike each other and fall into the waters of George Inlet. As of Tuesday night, three had been discharged.

"We have one in critical condition, three in serious condition, and six in fair condition", Chernick said.

It was carrying 10 guests from the Royal Princess and a pilot, who were all Americans, the statement said.

He said board member Jennifer Homendy is also travelling with the so-called "Go Team", which investigates major accidents.

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The Coast Guard said it is "unaware" of why and how the planes collided.

US Coast Guard commander in the area Captain Stephen White said: "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".

"This is not the outcome we hoped for and extend our deepest sympathies during this very hard time".

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

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

Neither of the planes had cockpit voice recorders or flight data recorders because they were not required to.

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The two planes collided Monday at 1:08 p.m. local time, according to Princess Cruises, about eight nautical miles off Ketchikan, Alaska. Neither plane was required by regulation to have such recorders, she said.

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