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Two Killed in Midair Collision Between Floatplane and Helicopter

August 13, 1987

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) _ A floatplane taking off from the airport in this southeastern Alaska city collided with a helicopter Wednesday, killing the pilot and lone passenger on the helicopter, authorities said.

The helicopter plunged 500 feet into the water of Tongass Narrows, the Coast Guard said. The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives.

The single-engine floatplane landed safely at the airport, and its three occupants were not injured, said Paul Steucke, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Anchorage.

The airport at Ketchikan has no flight tower, Steucke said. Airplanes land and take off according to a published set of rules.

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