Taquan Air resumes operations

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Taquan Air
A 2016 photo of Taquan Air's terminal in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: dshumny/Shutterstock

Taquan Air, one of the Alaska flightseeing operators involved in a midair crash that killed Princess Cruises passengers on excursion last month, has resumed operations. 

"Following a voluntary, independent operations audit and working closely with the FAA, Taquan Air resumed scheduled service on May 31 and flightseeing tours Monday, June 3," Taquan representative Jennifer Thompson said in an email. 

On May 13, one of Taquan's planes collided in midair with another flightseeing plane. Both carried passengers on excursion from the Royal Princess cruise ship. The crash left six dead, including one Princess Cruises passenger on the Taquan Air plane.

Then on May 20, a pilot and a passenger on a Taquan Air commuter flight from Ketchikan died when the plane's pontoon caught in the water on landing and the plane cartwheeled and broke apart.

Taquan had temporarily shut down following the incidents, leaving a gap in the availability of flightseeing trips in Ketchikan.

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