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Alaska Plane Crash: 9 Killed When Sightseeing Aircraft Goes Down

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The Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam sits in dock in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Taylor Balkom/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

By    |   Friday, 26 Jun 2015 11:51 AM

Nine people were killed when a sightseeing plane in Alaska crashed Thursday, and authorities are having difficulty recovering the bodies because of bad weather.

The pilot and eight passengers from a cruise ship died, and Fox News reported that there were no immediate indications as to why the plane crashed.

The plane was found lying against the rock face of a cliff, and the first rescue team that attempted to get to the crash site could not, Fox said.

"The initial rescue crew that went in had a very tough time because of the terrain," Clint Johnson, with the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office, told Fox. "It's a very steep, mountainous area, and weather conditions caused them to stand down."

The plane was a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop that was used for flying excursion trips in southeastern Alaska by Promech Air, Fox said.

Passengers on the plane, who have not yet been identified, were from a Holland America cruise on the Westerdam, a ship that left Seattle on Saturday for a seven-day cruise, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

"There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and overwhelming sense of loss that we and the loved ones of those affected are feeling," said Promech President Marcus Sessoms in a statement quoted by the Dispatch News. "At this moment, all of us share the pain and anguish of this terrible event."

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad was on the scene Thursday and volunteer Chris John called the winds “very turbulent,” the Dispatch News said.

“The conditions were really steep,” John told the newspaper. “It was a bad crash site.”

Jerry Kiffer, president of the rescue squad, told the Dispatch News the plane was badly damaged in the crash.

“It's kind of hanging on the side of the mountain," Kiffer said. "The floats, of course, are broken off and it's actually (lying) on top of the floats with the tail hanging out over about a 30- or so foot drop. We'll have to do some stabilization and get the aircraft safe to get inside before we start moving the victims."

The NTSB will be investigating the crash.

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