9 Cruise Ship Passengers Dead After Sightseeing Plane Crashes in Alaska

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9 passengers from the Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam were killed on Thursday, June 25 as the sightseeing plane they were traveling on crashed into an Alaska mountainside.

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Nine people were killed when a sightseeing float plane carrying eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot crashed against the granite rock face of a southeast Alaska cliff Thursday, officials said.

The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop crashed under unknown circumstances above Ella Lake near Ketchikan, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to The Associated Press.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the agency received a report around 2:15 p.m. that the plane was overdue. Troopers said an emergency locator transmitter activated in the Misty Fjords National Monument, and a helicopter pilot spotted the downed aircraft above Ella Lake, about 800 miles southeast of Anchorage.

Read more coverage:

CNN: 9 killed when plane carrying cruise passengers crashes in Alaska
People Magazine: 9 Dead After Plane Carrying Cruise Ship Passengers Crashes
USA Today: Nine dead after sightseeing plane crashes near Alaska cliff