Investigators Reach Alaska Floatplane Crash Site

Eight cruise ship tourists killed.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have arrived on site in a remote, mountainous part southeast Alaska to begin trying to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing floatplane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the pilot last Thursday.

The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop single crashed in rugged terrain about 80 miles from Ketchikan while taking cruise ship passengers to view the Misty Fjords National Monument, which is accessible only by boat or aircraft. The excursion was sold through the cruise company Holland America and operated by Promech Air.

Seven NTSB investigators are now at the crash site searching for clues that will help them determine a cause.

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