9 killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Bad weather is keeping crews from recovering the bodies of nine people who were killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in southeast Alaska.

The float plane flew into a cliff in a remote area about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan.

A pilot and eight passengers were on board.

The passengers were part of a 7-day cruise that left from Seattle on Saturday.

A helicopter spotted the wreckage Thursday, hours after the plane was reported missing.

The MS Westerdam cruise ship was kept in port Thursday evening, even though it was supposed to leave that afternoon.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Rescue crews will try and reach the crash site on Friday.

The names of the victims are being withheld until family members are notified.

 

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