15 MAY 2019: Five people have been killed and 10 others injured after a collision between two planes carrying cruise passengers on an excursion in Alaska. Princess Cruises says a Canadian passenger is one of two people still missing.

In a statement, the California-based company says the Canadian and an Australian have not been located after their single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver collided with a float plane carrying 11 people near Ketchikan.

The incident happened just after 1pm local time about eight nautical miles from the town of Ketchikan.

Princess Cruises said it has activated members of its 'Care Team' to assist families of the victims.

"We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today's accident," Princess Cruises said in a statement.

"Princess Cruises is extending its full support to travelling companions of the guests involved."

Royal Princess was on a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers that left Vancouver on May 11 and is due to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday.

Three of the injured are reportedly in serious condition and seven are in fair condition.

The company says one aircraft, operated by Taquan Air, was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises.

“The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour carrying 10 guests from Royal Princess and a pilot.

The second float plane involved was operating an independent flight tour carrying four additional guests from Royal Princess along with a pilot.

Princess Cruises spokesman Brian O'Conner says the company is extending its full support to investigating authorities as well as to the travelling companions of the guests involved.

It's not known how the planes collided.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way from Washington, DC, to the crash site.

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