Eight HAL (Holland America Line) cruise passengers were killed yesterday (June 25) when the sightseeing airplane they had booked through the line crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Seattle PI newspaper reported that all eight cruise passengers and the pilot of the charter plane had died after the plane had crashed 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan. Reportedly, the aircraft had hit the granite rock face of Alaska's southeast cliff.

Alaska Dispatch News said that the passengers were from the ms Westerdam cruise ship. They had booked an excursion through the line to go sightseeing on the operated by Promech Air turboprop de Havilland Otter "floatplane", a charter service in Southeast Alaska.

HAL Westerdam was sailing a 7-day Inside Passage roundtrip cruise from Seattle which departed on June 20, and has since left Ketchikan, Alaska.