The U.S. Coast Guard reported all six people aboard a sightseeing plane died in the crash in southeast Alaska.
Rescuers from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka used an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to find the wreckage at 2:37 pm, but found no survivors, the Coast Guard stated in a statement.
Unknown names have been disclosed as a result of this tragic accident.
USA TODAY's Donnell Evans confirmed the crash of the floatplane in Ketchikan, Alaska, about 11:19 a.m. local time today.
The plane had taken off from Misty Fjords and was headed for Ketchikan when it was shot down. The FAA reported that it had crashed northeast of Ketchikan.
'Nieuw Amsterdam' passengers were on the flight, according to Holland America Line. In a tweet posted late Thursday, Holland America offered their sympathies.
Five Nieuw Amsterdam guests were aboard the floatplane when it crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska, Holland America reported. There were no survivors. "Holland America Line did not sell the tour. Families and friends of the victims are in our thoughts and prayers."
After the plane accident, the ship made a port call in Ketchikan and delayed its departure until the afternoon. Guests and employees will be able to access therapy services, according to the business.
In a statement, Holland America Line claimed that the float aircraft trip was not sold by the cruise line.
As of Saturday, the Nieuw Amsterdam had just completed a seven-day Alaskan trip that had sailed from Seattle. In Ketchikan, cruise ship guests may enjoy a variety of sightseeing excursions.
Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the most popular. Visitors may witness glacier valleys, snowcapped summits, and several lakes in the wilderness region while on a journey there.
In the Misty Fjords, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, and the Coast Guard were involved in a search-and-rescue operation on Thursday, according to Austin McDaniel, a public relations officer with the Alaska Department of Public Safety.
According to Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow, a tourist plane sent out an emergency warning Thursday morning in the region of southeast Alaska's Misty Fjords National Monument.
The location of the emergency beacon put it in the Misty Fjords area, northeast of Ketchikan, he said.
This isn't the first time an aircraft mishap has occurred in the region.
In 2019, there will be two aircraft. Two floatplanes crashed in midair, killing six of the 16 persons aboard. These aircraft were also carrying people from cruise ships.
Southeast Aviation LLC was the owner of the de Havilland Beaver that went missing on Thursday, Wadlow said.
Southeast Aviation LLC has been contacted by USA TODA
The company's website claims it offers sightseeing trips to Misty Fjords National Monument and bear-viewing locations, as well as flight charters to other villages in southeast Alaska.
The Coast Guard was told by the plane's operator that five passengers and a pilot were on board, Wadlow said. Wadlow did not have details on when the plane took off.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
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