Five dead after two planes carrying cruise ship guests collide in Alaska

Five people have died and one person is missing after two float planes carrying cruise ship guests crashed into each other, according to reports.

One person is missing and 10 have been injured after the aircraft reportedly went down near Ketchikan, Alaska, US, at around 9.09pm last night [GMT].

Both of the planes were carrying tourists from the Royal Princess ship, owned by Princess Cruises, when they crashed off the coast of Alaska.

A statement from the cruise firm said: "The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests from Royal Princess and a pilot.

"A second float plane was also involved in an incident and was carrying four guests from Royal Princess on an independent tour.

"The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams are on their way to the site of the accident. We are incredibly distressed by this situation and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the planes and their families."

KTUU-TV, an Alaskan television station, reported that the two planes crashed into each other, leaving five dead and one missing.

There were 16 people on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and de Havilland Otter, which crashed into each other in mid-air, according to the station.

Local media originally reported that ten people were hospitalised in the crash, with one critically injured, three in a serious condition and six others in a fair condition.

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