Earlier today, a mid-air plane collision during a cruise excursion killed 5 people and hospitalized 10.
The crash occurred around Monday at 1:08 PM local time. The plane crash happened off the coast of Coon Cove, AK, between a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter. Both planes were single-propellor planes; the Beaver was carrying 4 passengers and a pilot while the Otter was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot.
Ten of the passengers were taken to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan, about eight miles from the crash site. Three of them are in serious condition, but officials say seven are in fair condition. All the fatal injuries were suffered by the people in the Beaver.
Princess Cruise Lines & Taquan Air Release Statements
Both planes were flying excursions sold to passengers of Princess Cruise Lines. One of the planes was flown by Taquan Air during a Misty Fjords tour, according to a Princess Cruise Lines statement. Taquan Air has released a statement promising to cooperate with the investigation, as has Princess Cruises.
"We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families. At this time, we are in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders," Taquan Air said in a statement. "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."
NTSB is currently mobilizing its Go Team to send to Coon Cove. Our aviation accident lawyers will be following this story closely.