Five Dead In Alaska Sightseeing Plane Crash

A sightseeing plane carrying two couples and a pilot crashed Tuesday in an Alaskan mountain range killing all on board. The passengers had been traveling on Princess Cruises' Sun Princess and were partaking in a Misty Fjords shore excursion. The single-engine floatplane was operated by Ketchikan-based Taquan Air and took off shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The plane was last spotted around 5 p.m. at an estimated elevation of 2,300 feet. Coast Guard helicopter crews searched the heavily forested area of Misty Fjords National Monument late Tuesday, but said there were no survivors. Princess Cruises says it has cut off all tours with Taquan Air at this time.

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