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Five dead, one missing in floatplanes collision in Alaska

AFP  |  Washington 

Five people died and one person was missing Monday after two floatplanes collided mid-air in while carrying passengers from a cruise ship's sightseeing expedition, officials said.

The two aircraft - a Beaver and an Otter - had been carrying 16 passengers from the Royal when they crashed near Ketchikan around 1:00 pm (local time), Cruises said in a statement circulated by US media. The dead included four passengers and a pilot, according to Cruises. Ten people were rescued and were receiving medical care.

The said three people were confirmed dead and that it was searching for three others near George Inlet, along with help from partner agencies - including the and state troopers - and good Samaritans.

Helicopters and boats were deployed by the for the

"In a remote area such as this, given our limited resources, we rely on our partner agencies and appreciate the support that good Samaritans have rendered to this point," said Stephen White,

"With the loss of life in this case, we know that the impact to is immense and our thoughts are with the community here." The said it was launching a "Go Team" to investigate the cause of the accident.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 11:21 IST