JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) — The Coast Guard, partner agencies and good Samaritans continue to respond to the report of two aircraft colliding and are searching for two people in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said ten people were rescued and are receiving medical care., Authorities said the injuries ranged from serious to life-threatening. Four people are confirmed deceased.
The aircrafts involved were a Beaver float plane and an Otter float plane.
The Coast Guard is searching with the cutter Bailey Barco, an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and two Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Mediums for the two missing people.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau is actively coordinating the search with the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Ketchikan Fire Department, Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Alaska State Troopers, and TEMSCO Aviation.
"In a remote area such as this, given our limited resources, we rely on our partner agencies and appreciate the support that good Samaritans have rendered to this point," said Capt. Stephen White, Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander. "With the loss of life, in this case, we know that the impact on Alaska is immense and our thoughts are with the community here."
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the incident. Preliminary reports to the Coast Guard indicate that this was a mid-air collision between the two planes.