At least six killed in Alaska mid-air floatplane crash

5 killed, 10 injured in midair seaplane collision in Alaska

5 killed, 10 injured in midair seaplane collision in Alaska

Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Ten people, all Americans, were injured, with three of them released from a hospital Tuesday.

A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Ketchikan to investigate the crash of the planes, which carried passengers from a cruise ship docked in Ketchikan.

Sixteen people in total were on board the two aircraft, and most were passengers on the Royal Princess cruise liner touring the region.

Volunteer rescuers wrapped up their search on Tuesday night once the remains of the last victim were spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter, the agency said in a statement.

United States transport authorities are set to investigate the cause of the crash.

"The US Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine of the guests and the pilot on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention", Taquan said in a statement.

A Richmond, BC woman has been identified as the lone Canadian among five who died following a mid-air collision involving two float planes in Alaska on Monday.

The Royal Princess' current voyage originated inVancouver, British Columbia, over the weekend and is scheduled to end Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska, the company said.

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"All of us at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened by this tragic news and we are extending our full support to the investigating authorities as well as the traveling companions of the guests involved".

"We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families", the cruise company said.

"We are devastated by today's incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families", Taquan Air said.

At the time of this collision, the National Weather Service says there was 16 kilometres of visibility and it was partly cloudy with 14 km/h southeast winds.

Taquan Air has suspended operations while the crash is investigated by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which has sent investigators from Washington, D.C.

This isn't the first time a sightseeing plane has crashed in this part of Alaska.

One Taquan Air passenger died, Princess Cruises said.

The wreckage is expected to be recovered Wednesday, Homendy said, and an NTSB structural expert will try to figure out how the two planes came together.

Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday. He said the Otter had descended to an altitude of around 3,300 feet (over 1,000 meters) when it collided with the Beaver as both headed to Ketchikan.

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