Holland America Line Flight Seeing TourNewspapers are reporting that 8 Holland America Line (HAL) cruise passengers were killed today when the sightseeing airplane they booked through HAL crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska.

The Seattle PI newspaper reports that the pilot of the charter plane and all eight cruise passengers died when the plane crashed about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan. The aircraft reportedly hit the granite rock face of a southeast Alaska cliff.

The Alaska Dispatch News says that the passengers were from the HAL Westerdam cruise ship. They reportedly booked an excursion through the cruise line to go sightseeing on a turboprop de Havilland Otter "floatplane" operated by Promech Air, a charter  service in Southeast Alaska.

The video below shows the weather conditions at the time of the crash.

You can see the video advertisements for the HAL "flightseeing" excursion sold by the cruise line here (June 26, 2015 update: HAL has deleted the web info for this particular excursion).

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  • Michelle George

    Just wondering but doesn’t all the different cruise ships use the same outside companies for excursions? Who determines when to cancel? Wouldn’t it be the company and not the ship? How would and ship personnel know about flying conditions? This is so tragic! My prayers for the families involved. We were just there last month on the Disney Wonder.

  • Skip

    I wonder what went wrong.

    I was on the same excursion a few years ago. I sat in the co-pilots seat in an old bush plane in which none of the instruments seemed to work. We got there and got back and I was only briefly concerned for my safety.

    I guess you pay your money and take your chances. It was worth it for me.