In yet another tragedy involving cruise ship passengers injured or killed while on a shore side excursion, it has been reported that two seaplanes, also known as floatplanes, crashed in a mid-air collision near Ketchikan, Alaska yesterday afternoon. There were a total of 16 people on board the two planes, ten having since been accounted for. At least four passengers were killed and the search is still ongoing for two others that are still missing.
The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, which is based in Los Angeles, California. The Royal Princess cruise ship was visiting Ketchikan on its way from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage Alaska. Princess Cruises offers excursions with the floatplanes to its passengers which can be found on its website and in its promotional materials.