Nine killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in Alaska

12:17 PM | 26 Jun, 2015
Nine killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in Alaska
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ALASKA (Web Desk) - A sightseeing plane carrying a pilot and eight cruise ship passengers crashed into a cliff in southeast Alaska, killing everyone on board.

"There are no survivors," said Promech Air, the plane's operator.

The plane was on a shore excursion, sold through Holland America Line. A private helicopter pilot reported seeing the plane's wreckage against a granite rock, 800 feet above the lake, CNN reported.

"We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the plane and their families," Holland America said.

Holland America Line's 936-foot cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, gets ready for the beginning of the 2015 cruise season at Smith Cove in Seattle on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Port of Seattle estimates over 895,000 passengers will pass through on 192 cruise ships in 2015, generating a $407.8 million annual industry. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

The eight passengers were from the MS Westerdam, which left Seattle on Saturday for a seven-day round-trip cruise.

Promech Air said the names of the victims will be withheld until family members are notified.

Authorities haven't determined why the plane went down.