Pilot, passenger die in small plane crash in Alaska

May 21, 2019

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a pilot and a single passenger have died after a small plane crashed Monday near Ketchikan.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough spokeswoman Deanna Thomas says in a release that the Taquan Air operated Beaver floatplane crashed in Metlakatla Harbor around 4 p.m. No one besides the deceased was on board the aircraft.

Thomas says the names of the deceased won’t be released until their families have been notified.

She says the circumstances of the crash are not being released at this time.

Good Samaritans are towing the Beaver to the beach until it can be secured.

The accident comes a week after a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane collided with another floatplane in Ketchikan, which is about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from Metlakatla Harbor, leaving six people dead.

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