BC couple killed in crash
UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.
A second B.C. victim of a mid-air floatplane collision in Alaska has been revealed.
Elsa Wilk, 37, of Richmond had earlier been named among the six victims.
Now, CTV News reports, her husband Ryan Wilk, 39, is also among the dead.
The couple had been on an Alaskan cruise that left Vancouver on Saturday, and were passengers on a sightseeing flight over George Inlet when the crash happened.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
ORIGINAL: 5:30 a.m.
The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship tourists when they collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.
The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver for Anchorage on Saturday and is to return on May 25.
He said the area is en route to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular and active spot for sightseeing flights.
One of the planes was a single-engine de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air and was returning from a wilderness tour sold through Princess Cruises of the Misty Fjords, the company said.
It was carrying 10 guests from the Royal Princess and a pilot, who were all Americans, the statement said.
The other plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, was operating an independent flight tour carrying a pilot and four guests, of which two were American, one was Canadian and the other was Australian, the company added.
The pilot and nine passengers on the Otter were able to make their way to shore, where they were rescued and taken to hospital, Kahle said.
The survivors were in fair or good condition, said Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.