A small plane crashed in Alaska on Thursday, June 25th, killing eight passengers and the pilot while they were on a sight-seeing trip in Alaska.
The authorities do not yet have information regarding the exact reasons of the crash but investigations are still being carried out.
The names of the victims have not been released to the press and the emergency crews are still trying to recover their remains to give them to their families.
The plane – a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop was found yesterday in Southern Alaska, about 800 feet above Ella Lake. It is not certain whether it hit a cliff, but was situated very close to a granite rock face.
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board, Clint Johnson spoke about the authorities’ efforts to collect the remains and investigate the area:
“The initial rescue crew that went in had a very tough time because of the terrain. It’s a very steep, mountainous area, and weather conditions caused them to stand down,” he said.
Therefore, heavy wind and rain prompt the rescue teams to make huge efforts to do their jobs.
The Coast Guard reported that they found out the plane did not land at about 2:15 p.m, according to Petty Officer Lauren Steenson.
A helicopter pilot saw the crashed airplane after an emergency locator transmitter was turned on in the Misty Fjords National Monuments.
The crash most likely occurred at about 11:20 a.m., according to the airline that the plane belonged to, Promtech Air.
They are an airline company based in Ketchikan and this is not the first time they have organized such excursions, which can be purchased through Holland America Line.
Both Promtech Air and Holland America line have expressed their deep sorrow and sympathy for the families that must face such great loss.
It was reported that the cruise ship was initially supposed to leave at 1 p.m., but it stayed in port on Thursday evening.
At the moment, high-level representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board, along with two officials from Washington D.C. and three people from Alaska are going to investigate the causes and circumstances of the crash.
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