Two killed in latest Alaska floatplane crash

The site of the wreckage of the DHC-2 Beaver, on May 15, 2019, that was involved in a midair collision near Ketchikan, Alaska. (File photo: AP)

Two people were killed in a floatplane crash in Alaska Monday, officials said, the second fatal incident involving the same local airline in a week.

“A pilot and a single passenger are deceased after a Taquan Air Beaver Floatplane crashed in Metlatkatla Harbor” on Monday afternoon, Ketchikan Gateway Borough said in a statement.

“There were no other individuals on board the aircraft.”

The victims’ bodies have been recovered and taken to a nearby medical facility, while the plane was being towed to shore by volunteers, it added.

Last Tuesday, a Taquan Air floatplane crashed into another aircraft in mid-air killing six people, also near Ketchikan, in southeastern Alaska.

The Taquan Air plane last week was flying a shore excursion sold through a cruise line.

Ketchikan is a popular tourist spot on southern Alaskan cruise routes surrounded by fjords and dense forests.

Multiple tour companies offer rides through the area’s fjords, many of which include a water landing in a floatplane.

Neither the circumstances of the latest crash nor the names of the deceased have been released.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59
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