Officials have not determined what caused the crash

By Tara Fowler
Updated June 26, 2015 07:00 AM
Credit: Taylor Balkom/Ketchikan Daily News/AP

A sightseeing plane carrying eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot crashed into a cliff in Alaska Thursday.

“There are no survivors,” said Promech Air in a statement, CNN reports.

Officials have not determined what caused the crash outside Ketchikan near British Columbia. Due to poor weather conditions, authorities have not yet been able to visit the crash site to investigate and recover the bodies.

“The initial rescue crew that went in had a very tough time because of the terrain,” Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office, said, Fox News reports. “It’s a very steep, mountainous area, and weather conditions caused them to stand down.”

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The eight passengers were from the Holland America Line ship MS Westerdam, which left Seattle on a seven-day cruise last Saturday.

The sightseeing trip was sold as part of a package through Holland America Line. “We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the plane and their families,” Holland America said in a statement.

Authorities will attempt to reach the victims again Friday. The Westerdam remained in port in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Thursday.