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USAlaska's Taquan Air suspends operations after two deadly floatplane crashes in one week

05:40  22 may  2019
05:40  22 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Federal officials say an Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations . Monday' s crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane with another floatplane . Six people died in that crash and another 10

The crash happened one week after two float planes crashed midair near Ketchikan, Alaska . A pilot and a passenger are dead after a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane crashed in southeast Alaska near Ketchikan on Monday afternoon, according to a press release from Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

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An Alaska air carrier has voluntarily suspended operations after two deadly crashes in a week, federal officials said Tuesday.

All Taquan Air commuter and sightseeing flights have been cancelled indefinitely, the Federal Aviation Administration said, after two of the regional airline's floatplanes crashed in the southeastern part of the state near Ketchikan.

Investigators are treating the crashes as separate cases, said Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska. In his 21 years with the board, he said it marks the first time multiple accidents involving one operator occurred back-to-back, not just in the same season.

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Federal officials say an Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations . The action comes after the passenger and the pilot of a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air were killed when the aircraft crashed in Metlakatla Harbor on

A week ago, another Taquan Air float plane was involved in a deadly crash . A mid- air collision on May 13 killed six people near Ketchikan, in the The Taquan Air plane had 10 passengers and a pilot on board, and one passenger died, the company has said. The other plane was a Mountain Air plane

A Beaver floatplane carrying a pilot and one passenger cartwheeled into Metlakatla Harbor while landing on Monday afternoon, one week after an Otter floatplane collided in midair with another floatplane near George Inlet. Six people died in the first crash, including a pilot and sightseeing passengers who were traveling on the same cruise ship.

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"As you can imagine the past 24 hours have been incredibly overwhelming and we are reeling from not only the incident yesterday, but also from last week. It’s been a really heavy and heartbreaking time for us," a message on Taquan Air's website reads. "Our priority has been our passengers and their families and our internal staff, and pilots. We have voluntarily suspended all of our operations until further notice. We are grateful for your patience and the outpouring of community support and we will update you as soon as we have more information to share.

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Two people died after a plane they were traveling aboard crashed into Metlakatla Harbor in Alaska , only a few Taquan Air also operated a Beaver floatplane involved in a fatal accident last week in the same area. Taquan suspended scheduled flights on May 14 after the Ketchikan crash , according

Taquan Air float plane that crashed into Metlakatla Harbor, Alaska on May 20, 2019 is Two people died Monday afternoon when the plane they were in crashed in waters off Metlakatla, Alaska Taquan suspended scheduled flights on May 14 after the Ketchikan crash , according to its Same carrier involved in 2 nd deadly Alaska small plane crash in week . Taquan Air operated a plane that

Officials began investigating Monday's crash on Tuesday, and Johnson said he expects investigators to be onsite for about three days. The onsite investigation into the May 13 crash was expected to end this week, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said at a press conference, but it will take longer to determine the cause of the crash.

Mike Slack, a licensed pilot and aviation attorney representing several injured passengers from a July 2018 Taquan Air floatplane crash, has accused the regional carrier of disregarding basic safety practices.

"They have ignored the lessons of their prior crashes and the admonitions from the National Transportation Safety Board citing them for a culture which promotes risk taking," Slack said in a statement to USA TODAY. "Tour operators like Taquan Air have been admonished by the NTSB for putting revenues over safety by trying to get in as many revenue flights as they can during the summer flying seasons.”

Two dead after float plane crashes in Alaska

Two dead after float plane crashes in Alaska The pilot and passenger were the only people on board, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough said.

This is the second Taquan Air Beaver floatplane to be involved in a deadly crash in the last seven days, following a mid- air collision on May 13. At the beginning of May two people were injured after a small plane crashed off the Gulf Coast of Alabama. A week earlier, two people were killed when

Wreckage in deadly Alaska plane crash recovered, as good Samaritan recounts rescues. Same carrier involved in 2 nd deadly Alaska small plane crash in week . Taquan Air operated a plane that Two of the victims of Monday' s floatplane crash in Alaska were a married couple from Metro

The floatplane crashes are not the first to claim multiple lives. A pilot and eight cruise ship passengers died in 2015 when an Otter floatplane operated by Promech Air Inc. crashed into mountains about 24 miles from Ketchikan.

Federal investigators attributed the crash to pilot error, the company’s culture and lack of a formal safety program. Taquan Air purchased the assets of Promech in 2016, and currently employs three pilots who worked for Promech, a company spokesperson said last week.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alaska's Taquan Air suspends operations after two deadly floatplane crashes in one week

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