Five passengers and the pilot were killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in Alaska, Alaska Public Media reported Thursday, August 5, citing the state Coast Guard.
It is noted that two rescue divers surveyed the site of the wreck and found no survivors. Initially, the search was hampered by weather conditions.
Authorities learned of the crash of the single-engine Havilland Beaver when they received a distress call Thursday at 11:20 a.m. from an altitude of about 427 meters. The aircraft is owned by Southeast Aviation.
The plane crashed near the Misty Fjords National Wildlife Refuge, 12 kilometers from the town of Ketchikan.
According to the Associated Press, the five passengers had arrived in Alaska on the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam.