Northwest

Two bodies recovered, death toll from Alaska plane crash rises to six

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard says two more bodies have been recovered near where two floatplanes collided in Alaska on Monday, bringing the death toll to six.

Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens said his agency and the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad found the bodies near the crash site of the smaller plane involved in the collision, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.

Dykens said a Coast Guard helicopter located the bodies and sent in the Ketchikan volunteers.

The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship tourists on sightseeing excursions. Ten people survived and swam to safety. They were all taken to a Ketchikan hospital before four of them-- all in their 60s-- were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. 

A Haborview spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday morning all four patients were in satisfactory condition. 


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