5 dead after floatplanes collide midair in Alaska

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Five people are dead and one person is missing after two sightseeing planes crashed midair in southeast Alaska. 

On Monday around 1:08 p.m., the Coast Guard says the planes were carrying 14 passengers from the cruise ship Royal Princess in Ketchikan. 

One plane, carrying 10 guests from the cruise and a pilot, was coming from Misty Fjords. The second plane, with four cruise guests, was on an independent tour.

The Coast Guard confirmed that nine guests on the first plane were rescued and are currently receiving medical attention. 

Four of the cruise guests, along with a pilot, were killed in the accident. 

The Princess Cruises has members of its Care Team to assist the families impacted. 

“We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”

– Statement from Princess Cruises

The cruise is on a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers that left Vancouver on Saturday. It is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage this coming Saturday, May 18.

The operator of the sight-seeing flights has suspended operations following the crash. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Check back for more details as this is developing. 

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