Two of the Alaska cruise­ship pas­sen­gers who died in a crash were from Mont­gomery County.

The Washington Post Sunday - - METRO - BY JOE HEIM joe.heim@wash­post.com

Two Mont­gomery County res­i­dents have been iden­ti­fied as vic­tims in a sight­see­ing plane crash in south­east Alaska that killed all nine peo­ple aboard.

Hugo Cam­bi­aso, 65, and his daugh­ter, Glenda Cam­bi­aso, 31, of North Po­tomac died in the crash Thurs­day of a tur­bo­prop plane about 20 miles north­east of Ketchikan, near Ella Lake.

The pas­sen­gers on the plane were on an ex­cur­sion from a Hol­land Amer­ica Line cruise ship, the Wes­ter­dam, that had de­parted Seat­tle on June 20.

Glenda Cam­bi­aso, agrad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Mary­land at Bal­ti­more, was a so­cial worker for Mont­gomery’s child wel­fare ser­vices. Co-work­ers are dev­as­tated by the news of her death, Mary An­der­son, a spokes­woman for the county’s Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, said Satur­day.

“She was well-loved by her col­leagues,” An­der­son said of Cam­bi­aso, who had been with the depart­ment for five years. “This is a big, big loss.”

Oth­ers killed in the crash, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported, were Row­land Cheney, 71, and Mary Doucette, 59, of Lodi, Calif.; June Kra­nen­burg, 73, and Leonard Kra­nen­burg, 63, of Med­ford, Ore.; Margie Apo­daca, 63, and Ray­mond Apo­daca, 70, of Sparks, Nev.; andthe pi­lot, Bryan Krill, 64, of Hope, Idaho.

On Thurs­day, the Coast Guard was in­formed that the DeHav­il­land DHC-3 Ot­ter tur­bo­prop had dis­ap­peared. An emer­gency lo­ca­tor trans­mit­ter ac­ti­vated, and a he­li­copter pi­lot later spot­ted the downed air­craft. Re­cov­ery ef­forts were ham­pered by weather, and re­spon­ders were not able to reach the plane un­til Fri­day. The cause of the crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Chris John of the Ketchikan Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad said the air­craft was sit­ting at a steep an­gle, and three of his squad mem­bers had to se­cure it so they could safely work to re­cover the bod­ies, the AP re­ported.

“All of us at Hol­land Amer­ica Line are in­cred­i­bly sad­dened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­i­lies and friends of those lost in this tragic ac­ci­dent,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

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