By Emmanuel Reuben
ANCHORAGE : Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair near a southeast Alaska town.
According to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens, Three others are missing after the collision about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Ketchikan, .
The Coast Guard had a cutter onsite and planned to work overnight to find the missing.
The National Transportation Board was sending an elite investigative team from Washington, D.C., to investigate the crash, another deadly mishap for cruise ship passengers taking side excursions off cruise ships in Ketchikan.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer, the floatplanes with passengers from Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess ship collided under unknown circumstances.
Eleven people were inside Taquan Air’s single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. Ten were taken to a Ketchikan hospital.