Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Marc's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,604
Default Five Killed on Princess Excursion in Alaska

Here is the report from CNN:

Quote:
Five killed as Alaska sightseeing plane crashes
Story Highlights
Small plane crashes on sightseeing tour in mountainous area of Alaska

Four cruise ship passengers and plane's pilot killed

Cruise line cancels future tours with company that operated plane

(CNN) -- Rescue authorities reported all five people aboard a small sightseeing plane were killed when it crashed in a mountainous area of southeast Alaska on Tuesday, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said.

The five included the plane's pilot and four Sun Princess cruise ship passengers, who were on the second day of a weeklong, round-trip cruise from Seattle, Washington, spokeswoman Julie Benson said in a statement.

The pilot sent out a distress signal late Tuesday afternoon while on a planned tour of Misty Fjords National Monument, south of Juneau near Ketchikan, Alaska, according to Benson.

When the single-engine DeHavilland Beaver did not return, "rescue helicopters were dispatched to the location of the flight seeing route," Benson said. "These helicopters subsequently spotted the float plane which ... crashed in rugged terrain."

No additional information was immediately released, but Benson said the company was working closely with local authorities to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises has permanently canceled all excursions with the tour company Taquan Air, operator of the plane, Benson said.

"We are devastated to report that our passengers and the plane's pilot perished in the accident," Benson said. "Our shoreside care team is doing everything possible to help their families through this difficult tragedy, and we share in their grief."

The passengers were among 1,950 people aboard the Sun Princess.

Alaska State Trooper Jodi Williams identified the victims as pilot Joseph H. Campbell of Ketchikan and cruise ship passengers William F. Eddy and Jeanne J. Eddy of Jacksonville, Florida, and Marianne M. McManus and Paul J. McManus of Cherry Valley, Massachusetts.
__________________
Marc

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F Scott Fitzgerald

Silversea Silver Explorer (23nts) - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Nome, Alaska - Aug 14

Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2007, 09:49 AM
Delft's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,790
Default

Sad event. It reminds us though that no matter who we do a day trip with, things can happen.
__________________
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Delfthuis
Sad event. It reminds us though that no matter who we do a day trip with, things can happen.
Exactly. My heart goes out to the families of all involved in this tragedy because it's they who will have to move on.

As someone who has often done "reckless, extreme, stupid things" (quote from my father) ... I realize that any day could be my last. I guess I've always tried to stay right with the Lord and then take my chances. If He wants to call me, I'm going ... no two ways about it. Doesn't matter whether I'm freefalling high above the earth with my parachute on my back, or 100 feet below the sea with a SCUBA tank ... or even just walking around an island jewelry store. Life is fleeting. So, it's best to live it to the fullest ... as these people were.

Blue skies ...

--rita
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
alaska, excursion, killed, people

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FYI - Sun Princess Shore Excursion Crash - 5 Killed Divemaster Shore Excursions 0 July 25th, 2007 11:00 AM
Cruisers of the Millenium killed on shore excursion. Thomas Chit - Chat for Cruisers 13 March 23rd, 2006 09:48 PM
11 workers killed on QM2 carol Cunard 6 November 16th, 2003 07:23 AM
12 people killed on QM2 Billie Royal Caribbean International 0 November 15th, 2003 12:29 PM
Killed by Bears jq Alaska 5 October 8th, 2003 09:48 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:03 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1