2 Bay Area residents among dead in Alaska sightseeing plane crash


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Six people killed in a plane crash have been recovered and identified after crews initially struggled to reach the wreck in southeast Alaska due to inclement weather conditions.

Alaska State troops identified the pilot with five passengers late Saturday after the crash Thursday. The plane went down as the pilot returned passengers to Ketchikan from Misty Fjords National Monument.

The passengers who died were Mark Henderson, 69, and Jacquelyn Komplin, 60, both of Napa, California; Andrea McArthur, 55, and Rachel McArthur, 20, both of Woodstock, Georgia; and Janet Kroll, 77, of Mount Prospect, Illinois. The pilot was Rolf Lanzendorfer, 64, of Cle Elum, Washington.

Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam’s cruise ship docked on Thursday 5 August 2021 at Berth 4 in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Holland America confirmed Thursday that five passengers from Nieuw Amsterdam were aboard a floating plane that crashed Thursday morning during a tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument.  There were no survivors, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.  Aircraft de Havilland Beaver was owned by Southeast Aviation LLC.  (Dustin Safranek / Ketchikan Daily News via AP)
Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam’s cruise ship docked on Thursday 5 August 2021 at Berth 4 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Holland America confirmed Thursday that five passengers from Nieuw Amsterdam were aboard a floating plane that crashed Thursday morning during a tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument. There were no survivors, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Aircraft de Havilland Beaver was owned by Southeast Aviation LLC. (Dustin Safranek / Ketchikan Daily News via AP)Dustin Safranek / AP

All five passengers were on an excursion on Amsterdam’s Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw. Ketchikan is a popular stop for cruise ships visiting Alaska, and cruise ship passengers can take various hiking tours while in port.

Popular among them are small plane flights to Misty Fjords National Monument, where visitors can see glacier valleys, snow-capped peaks and lakes in the desert area.

The plane’s emergency guard was activated about 11:20 am Thursday when it crashed near the monument, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

A helicopter company reported seeing clutter on a line in the search area, and Coast Guard crew members found the wreckage around 2:40 pm A Coast Guard helicopter lowered two rescue swimmers to the site, and no survivors were reported , the agency said.

However, weather and deteriorating visibility hampered early efforts to recover their bodies. Alaska State Troopers and members of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad made it to the crash site Saturday afternoon via a Temsco chartered helicopter.


The cadres of the six dead will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage, troops said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident. The Federal Aviation Administration also investigated.

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