According to the authorities, nine people were killed on a sightseeing flight on Friday. The flight was an excursion from a Seattle cruise ship, and it crashed into a cliff in Southeast Alaska. There were eight passengers and one pilot on the plane, which was reported missing on Thursday afternoon.
Holland America Cruise Line departed on June 20. They confirmed that this plane was one of their own. Clint Johnson, who is the head of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska, stated that there was rain and high winds, which kept officials from recovering the bodies.
The Alaska Dispatch News claimed that Alaskan State Troopers received a report at 2:00 PM on Thursday that their plane was overdue. The Troopers tracked an emergency locator that was activated, and later, a helicopter spotted the crashed plane from above. The plane crashed into a mountain that was approximately 25 miles northeast of the city of Ketchikan.
When commenting about the plane, Jerry Kiffer (president of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad), stated, “It’s kind of hanging on the side of the mountain.” Apparently, the plane sat at a 60-degree slope. The floats were broken off, and the plane sat before a 30-foot drop. This aircraft was powered by Promech Air.
Audrey Fellenberg, a woman from Bonney Lake, expressed her frustration with the cruise line. Her father and stepmother took this particular cruise, and neither the cruise line nor the authorities will take her calls. She needs to know if the people she loves are safe, and no one will listen.
Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the state of Alaska on this difficult day.