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Two sightseeing float planes collide near Ketchikan, AK, 6 are dead

Two de Havilland Canada float planes flying cruise passengers on sightseeing trips to Misty Fjords National Monument collided Monday near Ketchikan, AK.

Mountain Air Service Randy Sullivan (below) died in the crash along with five passengers. The 6 that died were on the Mountain Air Service DHC-2 Beaver.

10 people were injured and treated on the other aircraft, a Taquan Air DHC-3 Otter which carried 11 people.

Taquan Air issued this statement:

The Taquan family is devastated by Monday’s events and we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from our neighbors and friends from around the world. We are grieving the loss of life suffered in this tragic incident and our hearts go out to the passengers, pilots and families of both flights.

We are so grateful to the Coast Guard, first responder’s, the FAA, and NTSB for their tireless efforts. We would also like to thank the community of Ketchikan and our tour partners across the state for their support.

On Monday, May 13, 2019, at 12:26 p.m. local time, a de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air was involved in an accident approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Ketchikan, AK. The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests and the pilot. A second float plane was also involved in an incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests and the pilot on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown.

We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families. At this time, we are 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.

In addition to the NTSB, FAA, and U.S. Coast Guard, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the first responders, and the entire Ketchikan community for their support in the rescue effort.

Read the full report from NBC News: CLICK HERE

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Promech Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter slams into a cliff, 9 killed in Alaska

Promech Air DHC-3T (Flt)(Promech Air)(LR)

Promech Air (Ketchikan) de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter with a pilot and eight passengers from a Holland America Line cruise ship died in a crash yesterday (June 25) near Ketchikan, Alaska. The Otter slammed into a cliff while on a sightseeing flight on Misty Fjords National Monument.

Promech Air DHC-3T (Flt Misty Fjords)(Promech Air)(LR)

Read the full report from Fox 13: CLICK HERE

The company described its operations:

Promech Air logo

Promech Air is the largest air taxi in southern Southeast Alaska. Promech Air’s “can do” philosophy – along with our fleet, facilities, and personnel – make us the preferred carrier in the Ketchikan area. We have been transporting people and freight throughout Southeast Alaska for 30 years, giving us the experience to serve your transportation needs in a timely, safe, and affordable manner.

Promech Air flies to many locations throughout Southeast Alaska providing charter service to individuals and businesses, transporting everything from hunters and their gear to flowers and groceries. Promech Air;s flight seeing tours to Misty Fjords National Monument and Neets Bay Salmon Hatchery for bear viewing are some of the best tours offered in Alaska.

Promech Air currently operates four de Havilland Beavers and five de Havilland single-turbine Otters. These floatplanes are extraordinarily reliable and ideally suited for flying in Southeast Alaska. Standardization of our fleet, such as all aircraft being equipped with EDO floats, offers the advantage of simplified maintenance support. This allows us to operate with very few cancellations or flight delays due to maintenance.

All images by Promech Air.

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Promech Air DHC-3T (Wtr)(Promech Air)(LR)

Delta continues its Seattle/Tacoma expansion, announces 5 new routes

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch daily nonstop service next spring from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to five new destinations in the continued expansion of its West Coast hub.

Delta’s new service will include:

Five daily flights to Denver, beginning June 4*
Four daily flights to Sacramento, Calif., beginning May 4* **
Four daily flights to Boise, Idaho, beginning May 4**
One seasonal daily flight to Ketchikan, Alaska beginning May 15**
One seasonal daily flight to Sitka, Alaska beginning May 15**

*Flight operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines
**Flight operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines

Delta will serve the top 15 destinations in the Western U.S. with the addition of Boise, Denver and Sacramento, while Ketchikan and Sitka complete the top five destinations in Alaska. Delta will also increase its number of daily flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta; Calgary, Alberta; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

On December 20, Delta will begin service from Seattle/Tacoma to several sun and ski destinations, including Bozeman, Mont.**; Maui, Hawaii; Palm Springs, Calif.**; Phoenix**; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Tucson, Ariz.*; as well as a second daily flight to Honolulu. Additionally, Delta commenced service to Calgary** and Spokane, Wash.* **, at the beginning of November.

*Flight operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines
**Flight operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines

Delta currently operates 80 peak-day departures to 25 destinations from Seattle and will increase to 93 peak-day departures to 32 destinations in December. By next summer, Delta will offer 120 peak-day departures to 35 destinations.

The new routes will allow customers to seamlessly connect to Delta’s ten long-haul international flights from Seattle, while providing compelling travel options to cities important to local customers. Earlier this year, Delta launched international service to London-Heathrow, as well as Seoul and Hong Kong and now provides more international long-haul service from Seattle than all other airlines combined. This includes the top five destinations in Asia and three of the top four destinations in Europe. Delta is the only carrier to offer nonstop service from Seattle to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Compass Airlines is already operating several routes at SeaTac as a Delta Connection carrier with its Embraer 175s. ERJ 170-200LR N608CZ (msn 17000195) taxies to the runway at SEA.

Delta Air Lines (current livery): AG Slide Show

Delta Connection-Compass: AG Slide Show