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 on: May 15, 2019, 10:09:47 AM 
Started by Host Mike - Last post by Host Mike
"The Beaver, the smaller plane, appears to have broken apart in midair, according to Jerry Kiffer, duty incident commander of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. He said the plane's tail and section of the fuselage were 900 feet (275 meters) from the aircraft's floats, which landed near shore."

 on: May 15, 2019, 10:02:48 AM 
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"Both planes were headed toward Ketchikan at the close of their tours. Homendy said the Taquan plane descended from 3,800 feet to between 3,200 and 3,300 feet at about 150 mph.

The Mountain Air plane was at 3,300 feet, flying at about 125 mph.

“The two planes converged between 3,200 and 3,300 feet on the west side of the George Inlet,” she said.

That area is uncontrolled air space, so there was no contact with air traffic controllers. Neither plane carried a flight recorder."

 on: May 15, 2019, 09:59:13 AM 
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"The smaller plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, was partially submerged in the shore of George Inlet after it overturned and hit some trees before crashing, Dykens said.  The larger plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3, landed in the water and sank, he said.

The planes came down about 2½ kilometres apart with some of the debris field on land. Their altitude wasn't immediately known."

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:50:20 AM 
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"In June 2015, a pilot and eight passengers died when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter operated by Promech Air Inc. crashed into mountainous terrain about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Ketchikan. The NTSB later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety program were behind the crash."

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:43:32 AM 
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Map shows location of sightseeing plane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska on May 13, 2019 Google Maps

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:34:37 AM 
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"Spokesman Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board says the larger of the planes, a single-engine de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air, was initially traveling at an altitude of about 3,800 feet.

He says the plane had descended to an altitude of 3,200 to 3,300 feet when it collided with the smaller plane, the Beaver piloted by Sullivan, as both planes headed to Ketchikan with cruise ship passengers.

Knudson says the Beaver had been flying at a 3,300-foot altitude."

Reports indicate that a larger a single-engine de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air (like the one above) descended sharply before colliding with the Beaver piloted by Sullivan

Father-of-two Sullivan had been a pilot with Mountain Air since 2012

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:25:01 AM 
Started by Host Mike - Last post by Host Mike
"The float plane collision follows a similar incident that took place in July 2015, involving Holland America Line cruise passengers. All nine passengers onboard the plane, including the pilot, died in the 2015 crash, which also occurred outside Ketchikan."

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:22:31 AM 
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"Alaska State Troopers have identified the victims who died in the crash, Canada’s Global News is reporting. They include pilot Randy Sullivan, 46; Simon Bodie, 56, of Tempe, Australia; Cassandra Webb, 62, of St. Louis; Ryan Wilk, 39, of Utah; Elsa Wilk, 37, of Richmond, British Columbia; and Louis Botha, 46, of San Diego."

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:16:31 AM 
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"The Australian was initially listed as unaccounted for.

“The Australian unfortunately is one of the people confirmed deceased,” US Coast Guard lieutenant Brian Dykens told AAP

The NTSB confirmed dive teams are continuing to search for two people in the icy cold waters of a southeast Alaska inlet, with one being a Canadian tourist.
However, a Coast Guard official said the remote nature of the search area has created “one of the most difficult conditions” for crews to operate in.

The water temperature off Ketchikan on Tuesday was 8.8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The expected survival time in four to 10-degree water is one to three hours, according to the United States Search & Rescue Task Force website."

 on: May 14, 2019, 02:16:21 PM 
Started by Host Mike - Last post by obendus
This is absolutely terrible news. My heart goes out to the families of those injured or killed in this accident. I also wish for comfort for all of the emergency personal and responders who will no doubt be traumatized.

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