Nine killed in Alaska plane crash

Holland America Line, Westerdam

All nine people on board a sightseeing aeroplane died when it crashed in Alaska.

Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office, said stormy weather was preventing the recovery of bodies from a cliff about 20 miles north-east of Ketchikan.

Attempts to recover the bodies will resume today.

The plane was carrying eight cruise ship passengers from the Holland America Line ship Westerdam, and a pilot. It went missing yesterday afternoon and was found against the granite rock face of a cliff, 800 feet above Ella Lake.

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