Lack of communication in Alaska plane crash an issue for families

Lack of communication in Alaska plane crash an issue for families

According to families who heard regarding the small Alaska sightseeing plane crash, it was possible to have a better communication with officials. As per Pat Thompson, he tried to contact his son through cellphone. He said that he even tried calling on a number of sales department of the cruise line but it didn't help.

After that he reached an Alaska State Trooper in Ketchikan after getting a family-line number for Holland America. He was finally told that his son was not on the plane that crashed and boarded a different plane.

On Thursday, eight passengers from the Holland America Line ship Westerdam together with a pilot died when DeHaviland DHC-3 Otter turbopop crashed in Alaska. Chris John, a Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue worker said that the fuselage was mostly intact, however the wings and tail were detached or greatly deformed.

The victims have been tentatively identified by Alaska State Troopers as and Mary Doucette, 59, of Lodi, California; Hal Cheney, 71; Glenda Cambiaso, 31, and Hugo Cambiaso, 65, of North Potomac, Maryland; Margie Apodaca,
63, and Raymond Apodaca, 70, of Sparks, Nevada; June Kranenburg, 73, and Leonard Kranenburg, 63, of Medford, Oregon; and the pilot, Bryan Krill, 64, of Hope, Idaho.

As per reports, their remains will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage and will be identified over there. According to Sally Andrews, a spokeswoman for Holland America Line, "The cruise company received a small number of calls in our offices from concerned family members or friends".