Deaths in horror mid-air crash over Alaska

Deaths in horror mid-air crash over Alaska
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Two seaplanes have collided in mid-air over southeastern Alaska in the United States, killing at least three of those aboard, injuring 10 others and leaving three people missing.

The two aircraft - one with 11 passengers and crew, the other with five people aboard - went down over water about 40-48km northeast of Ketchikan, according the US Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

The crash site, which the FAA said was at Coon Cove near George Inlet, lies in the vicinity of a popular tourist lodge that runs excursions to the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument, about 480km south of Alaska's capital Juneau.

It was initially reported 10 people from the two planes were receiving medical care, with six others listed as unaccounted for.

Later it was confirmed three of the missing had been killed. The conditions of the six injured victims were not immediately known, he said.

Neither of the single-engine planes was under air traffic control when they collided, and circumstances of the crash were not immediately known.