At least 5 dead after two planes crash in Alaska: Reports

At least 5 dead after two planes crash in Alaska: Reports

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Washington, May 14: Five people are dead and 10 others hospitalized after two floatplanes collided in midair and crashed in the US state of Alaska, media reported.

The pilot on each plane was flying cruise ship passengers on tours of Misty Fjords National Monument in the nearby Tongass National Forest, Princess Cruises said in a statement. All five people aboard a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver died, the cruise line said. The other plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3, carried 11 people.

US Coast Guardsman are responding to the crashes to conduct rescue efforts in the waters near Ketchikan in southeast Alaska, local KTVA reported on Monday.

Ten people were being treated at Peace Health's Ketchikan Medical Center. One person is in critical condition, three are in serious condition and six people are in fair condition, Peace Health Communications Director Beverly Mayhew told USA TODAY.

The planes crashed under unknown circumstances, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. (With input from Agency news)