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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 66-year-old New Mexico cruise ship passenger was killed when a small sightseeing plane in southeast Alaska crashed on the side of a steep mountain, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.
Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe was among seven people aboard the Pacific Wings de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver that went down near the town of Petersburg on Tuesday. The other five passengers aboard the single-engine floatplane were members of the same family and also traveling on the same National Geographic cruise ship, according to Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska regional office. He didn’t know the family’s hometown or age range.
According to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Rising was a research and design engineer and he had been in that position for approximately the past 13 years .
USA Today reported that Rising took the flight by himself while wife remained on the cruise ship.
Two family members were seriously hurt, one with a broken back and one with a broken leg. The four other people, including the pilot, had minor injuries.
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