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  • "The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown, the statement continued. "It has also been confirmed there are five (5) fatalities from the independent air tour - four (4) Royal Princess guests and one (1) pilot. Princess Cruises has activated members of its Care Team to provide assistance to the families impacted by today’s accident."
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  • That is awful. Not really fair to speculate since we don't have the full details but as a sight-seeing operation, it's easy to assume there was some level of distraction by the pilot(s) which may have caused this sad event.
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  • A lot of these Pilots are flying by wire, really no traffic control, just Navigation. Especially out in areas that are remote such as where they were. Sad Story really, something went wrong when two pilots could not see each other. Alaska Bush pilots are some of the most skilled in the world.
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  • chris98251 wrote:Alaska Bush pilots are some of the most skilled in the world.


    100%.
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  • The cause of the crash in relatively good weather, high overcast skies with light southeast winds was not known. The crash occurred about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Ketchikan, near George Inlet. The planes came down about a mile and a half apart with some of the debris field on land.
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  • Because of the weather (or lacktherof given it's Alaska we are talking about) is why I think somebody was distracted showing passengers the sights. I am sure the pilots were very skilled but they are also human. No matter the cause it's a tragedy for all those affected.
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  • This was absolutely horrible. We were in Ketchikan on Monday, and I went on a Taquan Air floatplane trip to Misty Fjords that morning. I wondered what all the sirens were for when I got back to our cruise ship (MS Volendam) which was docked right next to Royal Princess. Heard the dreadful news not long after I reboarded the ship.

    The weather was absolutely perfect – hardly a cloud in the sky and very little wind; very unusual there. There’s no air traffic control over the floatplanes, but our pilot was fantastic, and Alaskan bush pilots are indeed extremely skilled.
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  • Wow you were right there Aussie...Certainly glad it wasn't you on those fateful float planes!

    I heard the collision took place at 3,300 feet. Ugh. It's great there were 10 survivors for certain but I feel for the families of those who were killed. :(
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  • Aussie Seahawk wrote:This was absolutely horrible. We were in Ketchikan on Monday, and I went on a Taquan Air floatplane trip to Misty Fjords that morning. I wondered what all the sirens were for when I got back to our cruise ship (MS Volendam) which was docked right next to Royal Princess. Heard the dreadful news not long after I reboarded the ship.

    The weather was absolutely perfect – hardly a cloud in the sky and very little wind; very unusual there. There’s no air traffic control over the floatplanes, but our pilot was fantastic, and Alaskan bush pilots are indeed extremely skilled.


    Glad to hear you are safe. When I heard an Australian was among the victims I immediately thought about you.
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  • kidhawk wrote:
    Aussie Seahawk wrote:This was absolutely horrible. We were in Ketchikan on Monday, and I went on a Taquan Air floatplane trip to Misty Fjords that morning. I wondered what all the sirens were for when I got back to our cruise ship (MS Volendam) which was docked right next to Royal Princess. Heard the dreadful news not long after I reboarded the ship.

    The weather was absolutely perfect – hardly a cloud in the sky and very little wind; very unusual there. There’s no air traffic control over the floatplanes, but our pilot was fantastic, and Alaskan bush pilots are indeed extremely skilled.


    Glad to hear you are safe. When I heard an Australian was among the victims I immediately thought about you.

    So much this. Glad you are safe Aussie.
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  • THANK YOU, kh and SH! We were shaken about the tragic accident on our ship, and I can't begin to imagine how awful it is for loved ones of the people who perished, and it would have cast a dreadful pall on the passengers on Royal Princess.

    I will learn how to put video on Youtube eventually, and I'll put content I filmed of my (absolutely mindblowing) floatplane flight up there, after a respectful interval. Our son, who is currently in prison until early June, was very relieved when he could finally contact us today, as we had no phone access on the cruise, and he of course has no internet access.

    We’re back in Vancouver BC for two nights now, and then we have a week in NYC before the long haul home.
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  • Bad week for aviation in Alaska. :cry:



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  • We loaded this boat the day the departed, very sad.
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