Communications Lag Rattles Relatives After Plane Crash

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — For Pat and Judy Thompson, it was a “five-hour window of fearing the worst.”

On Friday as the couple from Minnetonka, Minnesota, were getting ready for their day, Judy Thompson flipped on the TV and heard about a sightseeing plane carrying cruise ship passengers that crashed in Alaska, killing all nine on board. The news rattled the couple; their son, Brian, was on cruise vacation to Alaska with his girlfriend, and they were pretty adventurous. Could they have been on that plane?

Eight passengers from the Holland America Line ship Westerdam and a pilot died when a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop went down Thursday in Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan in southeast Alaska. The shore excursion was sold through Holland America.

The plane crashed on a cliff, 800 feet above a lake in steep, muddy and slippery terrain, said Chris John with the Ketchikan Volunteer…

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