Passenger Dies After Alaska Cruise Flightseeing Plane Crashes

June 6, 2013

(3:16 p.m. EDT) -- One passenger died and two sustained serious injuries after the flightseeing plane they were on crashed June 4 near Petersburg, Alaska. The cause of the crash, in which a single-engine propeller plane hit a mountain, is unknown, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

The passengers, all off of the 62-person National Geographic Sea Bird, which departed June 2 from Juneau, were on a ship-sponsored shore excursion.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," Lindblad Expeditions said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the people involved in this accident and their families."

The deceased was a 66-year-old Sante Fe, New Mexico, resident. Six others, all family, survived the crash and were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Of the survivors, one suffered a broken back and another a broken leg.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the pilot of the plane suffered minor injuries.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor