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Four people are dead while two others are missing after two floatplanes collided in flight Monday afternoon near Ketchikan, Alaska.

The passengers on both planes were from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which is on a seven-day cruise.

The crash took place around 1 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) when a small floatplane -- an aircraft with floats that allow it to land on the water was flying a shore excursion. The flight was returning from a tour of Alaska's Misty Fjords and was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot.

The second plane involved was carrying four passengers on an independent tour, the release said.

Nine of the passengers on the Taquan Airplane were rescued and received medical attention with one passenger's condition still unknown. Unfortunately, there is no news on the condition of the pilot on that plane.

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Taquan Air, a regional airline based in Ketchikan, released a statement saying it was "in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders."

 

"Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event," the Taquan Air statement read.

Investigation is still going on as a "go team " has been created.

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