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Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Five dead after planes collide during cruise excursion

Five people have been killed and 10 others injured after a collision between two planes carrying cruise passengers on an excursion.

Four passengers on a Royal Princess cruise and one of the pilots were killed when the planes collided mid-air over Southeast Alaska yesterday.

The incident happened just after 1pm local time about eight nautical miles from the town of Ketchikan.

Princess Cruises said it has activated members of its 'Care Team' to assist families of the victims.

"We are deeply saddened 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," Princess Cruises said in a statement.

"Princess Cruises is extending its full support to travelling companions of the guests involved."

Royal Princess was on a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers that left Vancouver on May 11 and is due to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday.

Three of the injured are reportedly in serious condition and seven are in fair condition.

Princess Cruises confirmed that one of the planes was returning from a Misty Fjords tour while the other was on an independent tour.

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