A team of federal airplane accident investigators was expected to arrive in Alaska on Tuesday to investigate the cause of a midair collision between two sightseeing planes that killed at least four people. There were 11 people in one plane and five in the other.
In response to inquiries about the crash, Canadian officials say one of those killed was a Canadian citizen, and that consular authorities were assisting the family.
Four cruise goers and one pilot are dead after the accident, Royal Princess Cruises confirmed Monday.
Emergency rescue operations were under way after the two aircraft carrying 14 passengers from the Royal Princess ship crashed near Ketchikan, a popular tourist spot on southern Alaskan cruise routes surrounded by fjords and dense forests.
Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger aboard the Royal Princess, told AP the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday.
The department says the name or hometown of the victim is not being released for privacy reasons.
Although the two planes went down at roughly the same time in the same general vicinity, it was not immediately clear whether they were involved in a single crash.