Washington: Five people killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in mid-air, Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said, with three others still missing. Princess Cruise Company said in a statement released in the American media that the passengers on both planes were from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which is on a seven-day cruise.
Both the aircraft fell victim to an accident near Ketchikan at 1:00 pm local time. It said that the dead included 4 passengers and one pilot.
In an earlier statement to CNN, Princess Cruise Lines said five people were dead and "one guest still unknown."
10 people have been rescued and their treatment is going on. The US Coast Guard said that the death of three people has been confirmed and they are looking for three others near George Intel. They are also taking help from other agencies. Coast Guard has deployed helicopters and boats for search and rescue operations.