Plane carrying cruise passengers crashes in Alaska, nine killed

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Alaska, Jun 26: At least nine people were killed when a small plane carrying nine passengers on board crashed near Alaska, media reported on Friday.

The plane with eight cruise passengers and pilot on board went missing on Thursday and was crashed against the granite rock face of a southeast Alaska cliff about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan, near Ella Lake, CNN reported.

Nine dead in Alaska plane crash

The reason of the crash of the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop is yet to be identified.

Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, confirmed weather is preventing the recovery of bodies Thursday evening off a cliff about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan.

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Rain and wind forced an end to recovery efforts on Thursday night. Attempts to recover the bodies resumed on Friday.

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