Holland America Line has suspended excursions with Promech Air, the operator of a float plane that crashed last week in Alaska’s Misty Fjord with eight HAL passengers aboard.

Promech’s DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop went down for unknown reasons on June 25 during a flightseeing trip. The crash killed the eight guests from HAL’s Westerdam ship and the Promech pilot.

HAL said it has suspended sales of that flightseeing tour operated by Promech out of Ketchikan. It said it continues to offer other flightseeing excursions in various Alaskan ports with other operators.

Guests on HAL's Alaska cruises this week are being allowed to cancel any scheduled flightseeing tour with any operator for any reason and receive a full refund, said a HAL spokeswoman.

Promech Air says on its website it is the largest air taxi operator in southern Southeast Alaska. In a statement released after the crash, Promech said, "We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the plane and their families.” 

Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan over the weekend. The agency’s Alaska chief, Clint Johnson, said it would take a full year before the NTSB publishes a final report about the cause of the crash and months before initial indications are released.


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