FIVE DEAD, ONE MISS­ING AF­TER TWO SEAPLANES COL­LIDE IN US

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Five peo­ple died and one per­son went miss­ing on Mon­day af­ter two float­planes col­lided mid-air in Alaska while car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers from a cruise ship’s sight­see­ing ex­pe­di­tion, of­fi­cials said.

Emer­gency res­cue op­er­a­tions were un­der way af­ter the two air­craft car­ry­ing 14 pas­sen­gers from the Royal Princess ship crashed near Ketchikan, a pop­u­lar tourist spot on south­ern Alaskan cruise routes sur­rounded by fjords and dense forests.

Four pas­sen­gers and a pilot were killed, Princess Cruises said in a state­ment cir­cu­lated by US me­dia.

Ten peo­ple were res­cued and were re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal care. One of the wounded was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and three oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured, a spokespers­on for Ketchikan Med­i­cal Cen­ter said. The US Coast Guard con­firmed that four peo­ple were dead and it was search­ing for two oth­ers near Ge­orge In­let, along with help from vol­un­teers and agen­cies in­clud­ing the US for­est ser­vice and Alaska state troop­ers.

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