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6 killed when tourist plane crashes on Alaska glacier

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HAINES, Alaska (AP) — A sightseeing plane ferrying tourists crashed near Glacier Bay National Park, killing six people, authorities said.

Four of the passengers were German tourists, and one was a Canadian, according to Alaska State Troopers. The pilot was an American.

The Cherokee Six plane operated by LAB Flying Service of Haines took off from Skagway about 2 p.m. Monday. A search was launched when the single-engine plane didn't return by 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard honed in on an emergency beacon at the 5,000-foot level of the Davidson Glacier, about a dozen miles south of Haines near Glacier Bay National Park, south of Juneau.

Two Coast Guard helicopters were dispatched with a rescue team from Juneau Mountain Rescue that landed at the crash site. There were no signs of survivors.