2 Alaska sightseeing planes collide in mid-air, killing 4 people

Emergency response crews transport an injured passenger to an ambulance at the George Inlet Lodge docks, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. The passenger was from one of two sightseeing planes reported down in George Inlet early Monday afternoon and was dropped off by a U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boat. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

Two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in Alaska on Monday, killing four people.

Two others remained missing.

Federal investigators were expected to arrive Tuesday to try to determine what caused the midair crash near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. The passengers, from the cruise ship Royal Princess, were taking sightseeing flights.

One of the planes, a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by flightseeing company Taquan Air, was carrying 11 people when it went down on the way back from Misty Fjords National Monument, part of the Tongass National Forest.

Ten survivors were taken to a Ketchikan hospital in fair or good condition.

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