Fatal Alaska plane crash kills 8 on board cruise MS Westerdam

Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015

Alaska Plane CrashAn excursion plane carrying sightseers from a Holland America Line cruise ship has crashed in south-east Alaska, with all nine on board killed including the pilot.

The DeHavilland DHC-3T Otter, a floatplane, crashed in steep, mountainous terrain about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Thursday.The plane was on its way back from the Misty Fjords National Monument.  The plane was on a shore excursion from a cruise ship, sold through Holland America Line. Promech Air, an airline based in Ketchikan, operated the air excursion. The eight passengers were from the MS Westerdam, which left Seattle on Saturday for a seven-day round-trip cruise.


It is not clear how the plane, deHavilland single-turbine Otter model, came to crash, though heavy, low clouds were seen in the area. A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash.


The cruise ship has returned to Port of Seattle on Saturday.




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