3 dead, 3 missing, 10 injured in collision of float planes near Ketchikan

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard now reports three people died and three remain missing as the result of a mid-air collision of two float planes in George Inlet near Ketchikan. Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says one of the planes carried 11 people and the other plane carried five. Authorities say 10 of the people were accounted for. The fate of the other six people wasn't immediately known. The Ketchikan Daily News reported injured passengers were being taken to a nearby lodge, where the local emergency medical services department was staging. Their conditions were not immedia

    Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says one of the planes carried 11 people and the other plane carried five.

    Ten people were injured and hospitalized.  They were reported in fair to good condition, according to an Associated Press account.

    The AP reports the passengers were off the cruise ship Royal Princess were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by Taquan Air.

    A spokeswoman for the Ketchikan flightseeing company says Taquan has suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.

    The Federal Aviation Administration says it isn't immediately known what caused the crash.

    Weather conditions included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds.

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