- Six people died in a tourist plane crash in Southeast Alaska.
- The pilot and five tourists flew aboard the seaplane.
- A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Alaska on Friday to investigate the accident.
A tourist plane crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska, killing six people who were on board for reasons that are still unknown, according to the United States Coast Guard.
The plane’s emergency alert beacon was activated at around 11:20 a.m. when the plane crashed in the Misty Fjords National Monument area near Ketchikan, the Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration told The Associated Press.
Alaska plane crash kills 6
A helicopter company reported seeing debris on a ridge in the search area, and members of the Coast Guard crew found the debris around 2:40 p.m., according to the Efe agency.
In its statement, the Coast Guard detailed that its Coast Guard located the remains of the aircraft in a search operation by helicopter and that “they descended two rescue swimmers who did not report survivors.”
Identities of the victims were not disclosed
The identities of those killed in the crash were not immediately released. Alaska State Soldiers and Ketchikan Voluntary Rescue Squad volunteers will coordinate recovery efforts Thursday and Friday. The aircraft involved Thursday, a de Havilland Beaver, was owned by Southeast Aviation LLC.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of six people today. We are thinking and crying with the families of the five passengers and our dear friend and pilot aboard the aircraft, ”the company said in a statement. “We are cooperating with first responders and agencies involved, including the US Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Alaska State Police.”
Five passengers on the plane were from a cruise ship
The five passengers on the flight were from Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship, the company said in a statement. The ship stopped at Ketchikan on Thursday and delayed its departure in the afternoon after the plane crash. The company said it was making advisory services available to guests and crew.
“The seaplane tour was offered by an independent tour operator and not sold by Holland America Line,” the statement said. Ketchikan is a popular stop for cruise ships visiting Alaska, and cruise ship passengers can take various sightseeing excursions while in port. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Other similar accidents
Popular among them are airplane flights to the Misty Fjords National Monument, where visitors can see glacial valleys, snow-capped peaks, and lakes in the wilderness. In 2019, two tourist planes collided in midair, killing six of the 16 people on board the two planes.
Southeast Aviation on its website says that it offers tours of the Misty Fjords National Monument and bear viewing sites, along with charter flights to other communities in Southeast Alaska. The plane’s operator told the Coast Guard that five passengers and a pilot were on board, Wadlow said. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Authorities investigate catastrophe
Wadlow had no details on when the plane took off. Weather conditions were a 900-foot (274.32-meter) cloud ceiling with mist and light rain. Visibility was 3.22 kilometers (2 miles) and winds were 12.87 kph (8 mph), the Coast Guard said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the accident. The team is expected to arrive in Alaska on Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also investigating. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Some of the victims of the undocumented accident in Texas confirmed that they were Mexican
On the other hand, at least three Mexicans were preliminarily identified among the ten people who died in an accident that occurred this Wednesday in Texas, at crash the van or van in which they were traveling and that was overloaded, as reported today by Mexican consular authorities.
The Mexican consul in McAllen, Texas, Froylán Yescas, explained this Thursday in a press conference that it was possible to preliminarily identify three Mexican citizens among the ten dead, which left the accident that occurred near the town of Encino, as reported by the Efe news agency. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Mexican victims of the Encino accident: They find their documents
The identification of the victims of the accident in Encino was based on documents found among the belongings of the deceased by forensic authorities, explained the diplomat. He added that protocols are still being followed to confirm the identity of these three victims, and other possible ones.
The accident of the white van that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Highway 281, south of the town of Encino, near the border with Mexico, also left 19 people injured, who have been transported to different hospitals in the surrounding Texas cities.
Mexican victims of Encino accident: Transfer of injured
The Consulate of Mexico in McAllen received notification of the transfer of 19 injured people to different hospitals located in the Texas cities of Edinburg, McAllen, Kingsville and Corpus Christi, which are adjacent to Encino. Mexican authorities are still trying to speak with the wounded.
So far it has been possible to confirm the identity of Ignacio Montes Domínguez, 30 years old and a native of Oaxaca, among those hospitalized. Consul Yescas confirmed that the vehicle was overloaded with people and that the accident was not caused by local or federal authorities pursuing it. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Mexican Encino Accident Victims: Was I Speeding?
The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident is being investigated and if it exceeded the speed limit. The event joins other fatal traffic accidents in vehicles transporting migrants in recent months in the United States. On March 16, eight undocumented migrants died in a road accident in the Texas border city of Del Río, in full police pursuit.
That other accident occurred just two weeks after another truck with 25 undocumented immigrants suffered another serious accident in which 13 undocumented immigrants died, mostly Mexicans, who had just crossed the border illegally in the state of California. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.
Mexican victims of the Encino accident: This is how the bodies were left
Now, chilling images have been released of the terrible accident that left at least 10 dead and that mourned the immigrant community in Texas. According to the Brooks County Sheriff, the vehicle was carrying about thirty people.
In the strong images you can see the bodies of the immigrants next to the crashed truck in Texas. The vehicle is shown completely destroyed while the personnel try to rescue the undocumented that had been trapped. Filed Under: Alaska Plane Crash.