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Pilot, passenger die in floatplane crash in Alaska

It's the second fatal float plane incident in a week near Ketchikan, Alaska. Last week, two planes collided mid-air near the town killing six, including a Canadian woman.

Crash comes a week after Taquan Air plane collided with another float plane in Ketchikan

A boat pulls the Taquan Air float plane to shore after it crashed in Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday. It was the second deadly crash for the airline in a week. (Kelsie Hayward)

Authorities say a pilot and a single passenger have died after a small plane crashed Monday near Ketchikan, Alaska.

A statement from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough said the Taquan Air-operated Beaver floatplane crashed in Metlakatla Harbor around 4 p.m. PT. No one besides the two deceased was on board the aircraft.

Spokesperson Deanna Thomas said the names of the deceased won't be released until their families have been notified.

She said the circumstances of the crash are not being released at this time. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

In a tweet, the board said the plane was on a commuter flight and not a sightseeing flight.

The crashed aircraft was towed to a beach until it could be secured.

The float plane, seen on shore near Ketchikan, Alaska. (Kelsie Hayward)

The incident comes a week after six people died when a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane collided with another float plane near Ketchikan, which is about 150 kilometres northwest of Prince Rupert, B.C.

Alaska State Troopers named Elsa Wilk, a 37-year-old from B.C., as one of the victims in that incident.

Ketchikan is part of a larger Alaskan borough that numbers some 13,000 people.

Local boats tow the wreckage of the Taquan Air floatplane, which crashed around 4 p.m. PT. (Kelsie Hayward)

With files from CBC News