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Five Dead After Mid-Air Plane Crash In Alaska

Five people are dead and 10 have been hospitalised following a midair collision involving two aircraft over Alaska.

The collision happened over Coon Cove in Revillagigedo Island in south Alaska.

The two sight-seeing planes contained 14 tourists who had been on the cruise ship Royal Princess, which departed Vancouver last weekend and was due to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday, May 18.

Prop plane, Alaska. Source: Getty.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the Associated Press that the reason for the collision was unknown.

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One of the planes, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3, contained 11 passengers, one of whom is still missing, while the other 10 passengers have been taken to Ketchikan hospital -- one in a critical condition.

The other plane, an independently operated de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, contained five people including the pilot, who all died in the collision.

Princess Cruises, who own and operate the Royal Princess, said that the company is "incredibly distressed by this situation" and their "thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families".