The U.S. Coast Guard said that a sightseeing plane crashed in a mountainous area of southeast Alaska, killing all six people who boarded the aircraft.
Officials said the aircraft, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, had departed from Misty Fjords for Ketchikan.
According to the Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration, the emergency alert beacon of the plane was activated at around 11:20 a.m. when it crashed about eight miles northeast of Ketchikan.
“An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka located the wreckage at 2:37 p.m. and lowered two rescue swimmers who reported no survivors,” the Coast Guard said.
The Alaska State Troopers confirmed that there were five passengers and one pilot aboard the aircraft. They searched the scene with the Coast guards.
“Poor visibility and deteriorating weather hampered aerial search efforts for part of the afternoon,” the Troopers said.
In a statement, Holland America confirmed that the five passengers were on the plane, which was operated by Ketchikan-based Southeast Aviation.
“We can confirm that a float plane carrying five guests from Nieuw Amsterdam was involved in an accident in Ketchikan, and there are no survivors,” the company said. “It was an independent tour not sold by Holland America Line. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”
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