Nine killed in small plane crash in southeast Alaska

A sightseeing plane carrying nine people crashed Thursday in a rugged corner of southeast Alaska, killing everyone on board when it slammed into a granite rock cliffside.


The plane was first reported missing at 2:06 p.m., Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters told BuzzFeed News. A helicopter crew later spotted the plane 800 feet up a cliff above Ella Lake, on Alaska’s southeastern panhandle.

Rescuers reached the plane Thursday evening and discovered that all nine people on board had been killed, Peters said. Inclement weather forced crews to postpone efforts to recover the bodies until Friday.

The victims’ names were not released Thursday while authorities worked to notify family members.

Peters described the area where the plane crashed, roughly 800 miles southeast of Anchorage, as extremely remote and the terrain as rugged.

“It takes a lot of logistics and resources to get out to the site,” Peters said.

Several people tweeted that the occupants of the plane had been members of a cruise: