Aviation

Australian man killed in Alaska plane collision identified, as death toll rises

Alaskan authorities have identified the Australian man killed in a tragic mid-air collision between two sightseeing planes carrying cruise tourists as Sydney man Simon Brodie.

Brodie was among the now six passengers (four of them Americans, and one Canadian) killed when two sightseeing airplanes collided mid-air, carrying tourists from a Royal Princess cruise on aerial tours of the Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska.

Bodie’s family issued a statement via the Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday evening.

“Simon was a unique, beautiful person and a devoted family man,” the family said.

“He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

“At this difficult time, we ask that the media respect our family’s privacy.”

The pilot of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and all four passengers died in the collision with a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 just after 1pm on Monday (local time) near the town of Ketchikan.

Both floatplanes were carrying cruise passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship, who were on aerial tours of the Misty Fjords National Monument.

You can read our previous stories on the tragic incident here and here.

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