UPDATED: Ketchikan Borough officials report remains of two missing passengers recovered
The Ketchikan Borough has reported that the remains of the two passengers still missing after yesterday's mid-air collision have been recovered.
That brings the current number of fatalities to six.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis offered a statement for all involved, “our community is heartbroken over this tragedy and its devastating impact on so many families. There has been a tremendous outpouring of compassion and support from everywhere in the
community, and we offer sincere gratitude to all those who are responding to the crashes.”
The day after a deadly crash between two Alaska float planes, more details released by authorities shed light on who were aboard the two planes, and their conditions after the crash.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the nationalities of the people from both planes are 14 Americans, one Canadian and one Australian. The search for the missing two people is being conducted by USCG, partner agencies, and good Samaritans.
The identities of those who died, injured, or remain missing in the crash have not yet been released by authorities.
In response to inquiries about the crash, Canadian officials say one of those killed was a Canadian citizen, and that consular authorities were assisting the family. Australian officials say an Australian man died in Alaska, but would not give more information for the family's privacy.
According to the FAA, this was a "possible mid-air collision" between a de Havilland Beaver, operated by Mountain Air Service, and a de Havilland Otter, operated by Taquan Air.
Sixteen people were involved in the crash near Ketchikan, leaving at least four people dead, the Coast Guard says, and two others currently missing.
Multiple groups are searching Tuesday for the two missing individuals. Five people were on board a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, and 11 were onboard a larger de Havilland Otter.
"Commercial divers dove on the submerged Otter float plane Monday night and located one deceased individual," the Coast Guard stated in a release. Commercial divers remain on scene to assist in the search effort.
Dr. Peter Rice, Medical Director at the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, said that treatment was given to those immediately brought to the hospital, and that four of the injured were sent to Seattle for further treatment.
Those taken out of state were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of their injuries. According to Susan Gregg, a hospital spokesperson, their injuries include fractures to ribs, pelvis, arm and spine.
All passengers were traveling on the Princess Cruises Royal Princess cruise ship, visiting Ketchikan on its way from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage, Alaska.
The Taquan Air tour was booked through the cruise line, a company spokesperson said, and the Mountain Air Service flight was booked independently.
In a statement issued by Taquan Air, representatives wrote, "The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests and the pilot."