A terrible story has just been reported out of Alaska. According to reports, two planes have collided in mid-air leaving five people dead. Ten others have been hospitalized following the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration reports that the crash took place in Coon Cave, Alaska. At this time, it is not known what caused the crash between the two small float planes.
The planes were flying excursions that were sold through Princess Cruise Lines.
"On Monday, May 13, 2019, at 1:08 p.m. local time, a small float plane operated by Taquan Air that was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises was involved in an accident approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Ketchikan, AK, Princess Cruise Lines said in a statement. "The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests from Royal Princess and a pilot. A second float plane was also involved in an incident and was carrying four guests from Royal Princess on an independent tour."
"The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown, the statement continued. "It has also been confirmed there are five (5) fatalities from the independent air tour - four (4) Royal Princess guests and one (1) pilot. Princess Cruises has activated members of its Care Team to provide assistance to the families impacted by today’s accident."
"We are incredibly distressed by the situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the planes and their families," Princess Cruise Lines said. "Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.
Further investigation into this crash is currently underway with the U.S. Coast Guard. Please keep the loved ones of those affected by this terrible tragedy in your prayers.