For the second time in one week, a floatplane operated by Taquan Air in Alaska has been involved in a deadly crash, which again calls into question the safety of sightseeing floatplane tours in Alaska.
According to news reports, a pilot and one passenger aboard a commuter flight died on May 20 when their plane crashed into Metlakatla Harbor, just eight nautical miles away from the horrific mid-air crash of two sightseeing floatplanes (one operated by Taquan) that left six people dead and others seriously injured on May 13.
The two crashes raise concerns about the safety of air tourism — and Alaska floatplane travel in general — in a locale known for its mountainous terrain, along with thick fog, snow, rain, and clouds, all of which can impede visibility.
At this time, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough has not released the circumstances of this new crash. The Coast Guard said that good Samaritans and local emergency responders were the first to assist at the scene.
Our website, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us customize your experience.
You can adjust all of your cookie settings by navigating the tabs on the left hand side.
If you decline, your information won’t be tracked when you visit this website. A single cookie will be used in your browser to remember your preference not to be tracked.
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.