A small sightseeing plane crashed in southeast Alaska leaving all six onboard passengers dead.
According to the reports, a DE Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane took off from the famous Misty Fjords National Monument and crashed in the mountainous terrain of Ketchikan.
The weather was misty with the wind blowing up to 8 mph and the visibility was only two miles at the time of the fatal crash as reported by the Coast guard.
All the onboard passengers were guests from the Holland America Line cruise ship, Nieuw Amsterdam. It was a floatplane for sightseeing and it was an independent tour and was not sold by the Holland America line.
As soon as the crash happened. The Alaska state troopers, Coast Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) immediately responded to the fatal plane, and a helicopter located the wreckage of the doomed aircraft on a ridgeline. The airplane was privately owned by the southeast aviation LLC company.
Ketchikan is a popular stopover by the cruise ships which tour Alaska and it is one the most famous spots for sightseeing trips. Many small aircraft make flights to the Misty Fjords National monument which is home to beautiful snow-clad mountains, glacier valets, and wild lakes. The area is full of raw natural habitat thus attracts many tourists around the year.
In 2016, another sightseeing aircraft accident near Ketchikan resulted in six deaths. Two small sightseeing airplanes had collided in midair resulting in 6 out of 16 passengers dying at the spot.
The Coast Guard released an official statement saying “an MG-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from coast guard air station Sitka located wreckage at 2:37 pm and lowered two rescue swimmers who reported no survivors.”
The crash victims’ identities were not released to the press but it was reported that six people were on board the flight including the pilot.