Authorities have actually tentatively recognized all nine bodies from a sightseeing plane that crashed into a cliff in southeast Alaska.
8 passengers and a pilot were on board the flight.
On Friday, Alaska State Troopers identified the victims as: Hal Cheney, 71, and Mary Doucette, 59, both of Lodi, California; Glenda Cambiaso, 31, and Hugo Cambiaso, 65, both of North Potomac, Maryland; June Kranenburg, 73, and Leonard Kranenburg, 63, both of Medford, Oregon; Margie Apodaca, 63, and Raymond Apodaca, 70, both of Stimulates, Nevada; and the pilot, Bryan Krill, 64, of Hope, Idaho.
The DeHavilland DHC-3T Otter, a floatplane, crashed in high, mountainous surface about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Thursday.
Authorities have not figured out why it went down.
The aircraft was on a coast excursion from a cruise liner, offered through Holland America Line. A private helicopter pilot reported seeing the airplane’s wreckage against a granite rock face, 800 feet above Ella Lake.
“We are exceptionally distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the aircraft and their families,” Holland America stated.
The 8 passengers were from the MS Westerdam, which left Seattle on Saturday for a seven-day round-trip cruise.
The aircraft had taken off on a trip of the 2-million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument, available only by floatplanes or boats.
“Towering granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, lush and remote valleys and peaceful crystalline lakes make up this incredible landscape,” the airline says on its website.
“There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and frustrating sense of loss that we and the liked ones of those affected are feeling,” stated Marcus Sessoms, Promech Air’s president. “At this moment, everyone share the pain and anguish of this horrible event.”