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CanadaB.C. woman killed in Alaska float plane crash along with U.S. husband, friends and family say

00:15  16 may  2019
00:15  16 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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+ Friends and family of the B . C . woman who was killed in Monday’ s Alaska float plane crash say her American husband was also killed in the accident. Elsa and Ryan Wilk were among the six people killed after two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided near the southeast Alaska town of

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B.C. woman killed in Alaska float plane crash along with U.S. husband, friends and family say © Facebook Richmond, B.C. resident Elsa Wilk, whose maiden name was Botha, has been confirmed as one of six victims killed in Mondays plane crash in Alaska.

Friends and family of the B.C. woman who was killed in Monday's Alaska float plane crash say her American husband was also killed in the accident.

Elsa and Ryan Wilk were among the six people killed after two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.

The pair were passengers on the cruise ship Royal Princess, a Princess Cruises vessel that was on a seven-day trip from Vancouver to Anchorage and left Vancouver on May 11.

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VANCOUVER — A Metro Vancouver woman died with her husband and brother in a float plane crash in Alaska on Monday, and friends and family are Brianne Rigetti, a former taekwondo teammate on the B . C . Senior Women ’ s Pattern Team, said Elsa Wilk was a “fierce friend and competitor with a

The Wilks and 12 other passengers on the two planes were on a sightseeing tour of the Alaskan coast when they crashed in mid-air. Eight others survived.

Alaska state troopers said Tuesday night that Elsa was from Richmond, while Ryan Wilk was from Utah.

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On Wednesday, Elsa's ex-husband Ian Brink said she was originally from South Africa before moving to Canada in 2008 and gaining citizenship in 2013.

Her maiden name is Botha, Brink said, adding the two met in South Africa.

"The people in her inner circle were very special to her," he told Global News Wednesday. "She was a very genuine person."

Elsa spent years working as a marketing director for several digital media companies, which Brink and friends said was a passion of hers, along with taekwondo.

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A Metro Vancouver woman died with her husband and brother in a float plane crash in Alaska on Monday, and friends and family are remembering An American named Louis Botha, 46, also died in the crash . Elsa Wilk' s ex- husband Ian Brink said the man was her brother, and at one point Botha

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"She was a first or second degree black belt," Brink said.

Friends say the couple was living in Richmond at the time of the crash.

CBS affiliates in Salt Lake City reported Wednesday the couple were planning to move to a home they purchased in the city but were facing delays, including Elsa's trouble getting the proper paperwork.

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A neighbour to the home said the home was purchased a year ago, and had seen Ryan there recently mowing the lawn, but also suggested the home was getting sold again.

The other victims of the crash were pilot Randy Sullivan, 46, from Ketchikan, Simon Bodie, 56, from Australia and Cassandra Webb, 62, and Louis Botha, 46, all from the continental U.S.

The U.S.-based National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

— With files from CBS KUTV and Global's Simon Little and Katie Dangerfield

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