Two Tourist Airplanes Collided In Alaska Killing Five People On Board
- Five people died after two sight-seeing airplanes collided midair in Alaska on Monday.
- Five people including one pilot of one plane died in the crash while 9 among 10 people on another plane were rescued safely.
- The people rescued safely were taken to hospital and one people remained missing.
- Bad weather condition is considered the cause for the crash, however, the investigation is being carried.
Five people died, ten injured and one remains missing after two seaplanes carrying tourists on a sightseeing trip collided midair in Alaska Monday afternoon.
US Coast Guard said in a news release that the pa s sengers on both airplanes were from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which is on a seven-day cruise.
The US Coast Guard said nine among ten people on board in one of the aircraft were rescued and taken to hospital. But, all five people in another plane including one pilot died in the crash.
The Princess Cruises released the accident after the tragic crash saying:
We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today's accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved
Meanwhile, a regional airline based in Ketchikan, Taquan Air released a statement saying it was
in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on a s sisting these pa s sengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders.
The statement further read:
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.
On Monday night, the NTSB took to its Twitter saying it was launching a "go team" to investigate the crash. Here is the tweet:
NTSB launching Go Team to investigate midair collision involving a DHC-2 and a DHC-3T about 10 miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska at about 1 pm ADT today. Media availability will be at Hangar 6 at DCA airport at 8:00 am EDT Tuesday morning, just before team departs.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) May 14, 2019
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash where bad weather condition in the area has been speculated the reason for the crash.