Author Topic: 4 killed,2 still missing after midair floatplane collision in Alaska-UPDATE 5/23  (Read 2676 times)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four people have died after two floatplanes collided in midair Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, injuring 10 other people, one critically, authorities said.

Three patients were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. One 61-year-old man in satisfactory condition, one 61-year-old woman in satisfactory condition and one 67-year-old man in serious condition. A woman in her 60s is expected to arrive in serious condition around early Tuesday.

The planes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water.Eleven people were inside the single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down. Ten were taken to a Ketchikan hospital. One person was missing, but has since been located and was declared deceased, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson.One patient was listed in critical condition, and the others were in fair or good condition, according to Mischa Chernick, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Five people were aboard the other plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.

Three from that flight were declared deceased, and the other two are still missing.

A passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that 14 people on the downed floatplanes were cruise passengers.

“It's very somber. I said earlier it's a macabre type feeling," said Jim Ryan, one of the passengers now aboard Royal Princess. “Just incredibly unfortunate,. We are sad for the people who are deeply affected, you know the family members who were involved in this."
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