"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska," Global Affairs said in an email.
Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the Associated Press that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there werent any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday, May 18.
The United States Coast Guard says two floatplanes collided as they carried cruise ship tourists on sightseeing flights near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Two were still missing Monday night.
Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a coast guard spokesman, said 10 survived and were being treated in a Ketchikan hospital.
All the survivors were listed in fair or good condition, said Marty West, a spokeswoman for the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Its not known how the planes collided. A team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators was on its way from the Washington, D.C., to the crash site.
Video: At least 4 dead after two floatplanes collide midair over Alaska
Princess Cruises confirmed all the passengers on both planes were from the Royal Princess, which departed Vancouver on Saturday for a trip to Anchorage and was due to return to the port on May 25.
Eleven people were in a Taquan Air single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, Rios said.
Ten people, plus one pilot, were on a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by Taquan Air. Both the cruise company and he rescuers say ten of the people on the Taquan Air flight were taken to a Ketchikan hospital, and one passenger was missing.
Global Affairs says one Canadian among four killed in float plane crash in Alaska
The coast guard said three of those who died were among five aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.
Video: 2 sightseeing planes collide in Alaska
Its unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said.
Video: 5 dead after Alaska floatplanes collide in mid-air near Ketchikan
Global Affairs Canada said in an email that Canadian consular officials in Seattle are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and stand ready to provide assistance as required.
A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said Tuesday that the company was working on an overnight rescue and recovery update from the coast guard and would provide an update as soon as possible.
Emergency response crews transport an injured passenger to an ambulance at the George Inlet Lodge docks, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
At least one Canadian citizen was among the four people killed in the mid-air collision of two sightseeing planes over open water in Alaska during daylight hours Monday.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska," Guillaume Bérubé, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said in a statement Tuesday. "Canadian consular officials in Seattle are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and stand ready to provide consular assistance as required.
"To protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released."
The nationalities of the others aboard the planes — 14 passengers and two pilots — have not yet been confirmed.
U.S. federal investigators are due in Alaska on Tuesday to try to find out why they collided. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, close to the scene of the afternoon crash, an NTSB official said.
The two aircraft went down over water about 40 to 48 kilometres northeast of Ketchikan, according to coast guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
Ten other people were injured, he said. Two are still reported missing and crews are still looking for them.
The scale of the alleged sabotage also remains unclear. A statement from Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom's two oil tankers, including one due to later carry crude to the U.S., sustained "significant damage." However, a report from Sky News Arabia, a satellite channel owned by an Abu Dhabi ruling family member, showed the allegedly targeted Saudi tanker Al Marzoqah afloat without any apparent damage.
Float planes collide carrying passengers on excursions from Royal Princess cruise ship in Alaska
All 14 passengers on both floatplanes were from the cruise ship Royal Princess, which was on a seven-day trip from Vancouver to Anchorage and operated by Princess Cruises.
Princess Cruises issued a statement saying it was "deeply saddened to to report this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today's accident."
Three confirmed killed in mid-air seaplane crash in southeastern Alaska
Betty Hill, a passenger currently on the Royal Princess from California, said the news was announced to cruise passengers around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
"The room turned completely silent. The response was somber. It was a very sad day," Hill said. "My hopes and prayers that they find the missing person[s] and the injured make a speedy and complete recovery."
The California-based company said Tuesday the Canadian and an Australian had not been located after their single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver collided with a float plane carrying 11 people near Ketchikan.
Princess Cruises says the ship departed Ketchikan approximately 3.5 hours late and was scheduled to arrive in Juneau at approximately 9 a.m.
Global Affairs Canada said in an email that Canadian consular officials in Seattle were in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and stood ready to provide assistance as required.
The crash site, at Coon Cove about 480 kilometres south of Alaska's capital Juneau, lies near a tourist lodge that runs excursions to the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument.
One of the aircraft was a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver with five people aboard, and the other a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 carrying 11, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer said.
Canadian citizen among those killed in float plane crash in Alaska
The Ketchikan-based operator of the larger plane, Taquan Air, said its pilot and nine passengers were rescued and receiving medical attention, but one passenger's fate was unknown. That group was returning from a flightseeing tour of Misty Fjords when the crash occurred, Taquan said.
Rios initially reported 10 survivors receiving medical care, with six other people from the two planes listed as unaccounted for. He later said four of the missing had been confirmed as dead.