Both victims identified in plane crash

    Good samaritans help at the crash scene Monday

    Metlakatla, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska tribal health organization says the passenger killed in the state's latest floatplane crash was a staff epidemiologist.

    The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in a statement Tuesday said that Sarah Luna joined the group nearly a year ago.

    Consortium spokeswoman Shirley Young said Luna was flying to the community of Metlakatla to provide health services when the plane crashed.

    Luna's uncle Carlos Luna says his niece was 32. She was originally from Camarillo, California.

    Pilot Ron Rash, 51, of Pennsylvania died in the crash as well.

    Monday's crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane with another floatplane. Six people died in that crash and another 10 people were injured.

    This morning Federal officials said an Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations.

    The Federal Aviation Administration said the halt of flightseeing and commuter flights is in place until further notice.

    The action comes after the passenger and the pilot of a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air were killed when the aircraft crashed in Metlakatla Harbor on Monday afternoon during a scheduled commuter flight from Ketchikan.

    Taquan Air officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska, said witnesses reported the crash occurred during landing.

    Monday's crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane with another floatplane. Six people died in that crash and another 10 people were injured.

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