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San Diego resident among dead in Alaska mid-air collision, officials say

Posted: 5:36 AM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 20:19:54-04
Fatalities reported as planes collide in midair over Alaska

(KGTV) - A San Diego resident has been identified as one of six people killed in a mid-air collision in Alaska earlier this week.

On Monday, two floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided over Ketchikan, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard officials, according to CNN, said the passengers on both planes were guests on a Princess Cruise ship that was on a seven-day trip from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers confirmed that 46-year-old Louis Botha, of San Diego, was among the six people who died in the crash. Neighbors in 4S Ranch confirm he lived with his wife Theodore and their two school-aged boys. They said the family has lived there since the development was created in 2007.

One neighbor called Louis a great neighbor and said he helped him cut down a tree in the front yard.

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Ten people were rescued after the collision, with some managing to swim to shore.

Neither of the planes had cockpit voice recorders or flight data recorders because they were not required to.

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the collision, according to CNN.