Cruise Passengers Killed in Plane Crash During Excursion in Alaska

Update: May 15, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. ET

In an update from the United States Coast Guard, officials revealed six people have died and 10 were hospitalized after two tour planes collided over Alaska Monday.

According to, five of the deceased victims were on a sightseeing tour from the Royal Princess cruise ship (three Americans, an Australian and a Canadian), and the sixth person who died was the pilot.

Update: May 14, 2019 at 1:59 p.m. ET

The United States Coast Guard has provided more information on the plane crash that left four people confirmed dead and two missing in Alaska.

According to, a Princess Cruises’ spokesperson said initially that five people had died, but officials in charge of the Coast Guard’s search and rescue team provided the updated information.

The search continues for two missing cruise passengers, one Australian and one Canadian.

NTSB to investigate in Alaska after plane crash leaves 4 dead, 2 missing

Passengers who survived the crash were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries ranging from “fractures to ribs, pelvis, arm and spine.” The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

At least five people are dead and another is missing after two floatplanes carrying cruise passengers on an excursion collided in Alaska on Monday.

According to, the two aircraft were flying 14 Royal Princess passengers around Ketchikan, Alaska when they struck each other in midair at 1 p.m. around eight nautical miles from the destination.

Princess Cruises confirmed that four cruise passengers and one pilot were killed in the accident, which involved an Otter floatplane with 11 people onboard and a Beaver floatplane carrying five people.

“We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families,” a Princess spokesperson said in a statement. “Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”

A passing ship called the Saint Innocent rescued 10 people involved in the crash and transported them to a local hospital, with some in serious condition and one in critical condition. The remaining travelers were listed in fair condition.

The Royal Princess was on a seven-day roundtrip cruise from Vancouver when the incident occurred in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan. The company that operated the Otter plane has suspended all flights as it is “in the midst of an active crisis response.”

The United States Coast Guard, Forest Service and Alaska State Troopers are assisting in the search for the missing passenger.

In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the accident.

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