No survivors aboard crashed Alaska excursion plane carrying nine

The plane was carrying eight passengers from a cruise ship when the crash occurred.

June 26, 2015 06:56
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Plane crash (Illustrative photo). (photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)

All nine people aboard an excursion plane from a Holland America Line cruise ship that crashed on Thursday in Alaska died in the accident, the aircraft company said.

Promech Air said in a statement that the eight passengers and pilot were killed when the plane went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area near the town of Ketchikan on Thursday afternoon.

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The small float plane was owned by Promech Air and carried eight passengers from the cruise ship Westerdam and a pilot, it said. The ship left Seattle on Saturday.

Anchorage, Alaska, CBS affiliate KTVA quoted a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers as saying the plane was found on a rock face about 800 feet (240 metres) above Ella Lake.

Representatives from the Alaska State Troopers, Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board were not immediately available for comment.

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