Death toll from Alaska tour planes crash rises to six

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Published on May 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Death toll from Alaska tour planes crash rises to six

Searchers found the bodies of the last two Alaska seaplane crash victims on Tuesday evening, after a hunt through the debris and frigid waters following a mid-air collision that left a total of six people dead and 10 injured, officials said.

Ryan Brooks reports.


Death toll from Alaska tour planes crash rises to six

Officials confirmed the last two missing victims of Alaska's fatal air crash were found dead late on Tuesday evening (May 14), after a hunt through frigid waters and debris.

The Coast Guard says two sightseeing planes crashed in midair, and in broad daylight on Monday (May 13).

An Australian and Canadian were among the missing, a total of 14 passengers were involved in the accident.

First responder Jacob Bauer knew one of the pilots, who was killed: (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) FIRST RESPONDER, JACOB BAUER, SAYING: "We were in dry suits so we jumped in the water, searching for anything we can find.

Floats, yelling people, four people.

Didn't know anyone's names except for the pilot.

Grew up with him.

Old family friend.

Really good guy, but yeah, flying was his life, so he went out doing something he loved." Federal investigators have begun probing the cause of Monday's deadly crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said neither of the planes were required to be fitted with flight data or cockpit voice recorders.

The planes were operated by two separate tour companies.

The passengers had all arrived in the Alaskan city on the Royal Princess cruise ship for a week-long trip between Vancouver, British Columbia and Alaska.

Divers will start working on Wednesday to pull up the wreckage of the two planes.

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