Australian tourist Simon Bodie, a 56-year-old man from Tempe in Sydney’s inner west, has been identified as one of the six people killed in a mid-air collision between two sightseeing seaplanes in Alaska.
Ten people were rescued following the incident and are receiving medical care, while six people have been confirmed dead. The Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday (local time) confirmed that one of the six people killed in the horror crash was Sydney man Bodie.
Of the people involved in the crash, 14 were Americans, one Canadian and one Australian.
A statement from his family, reported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), said the father-of-two was “a devoted family man” and “will be greatly missed”.
“Simon was a unique beautiful person and a devoted family man. 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 family said in a statement.
A spokesperson for DFAT told Travel at 60 it was providing assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Alaska.
“For privacy reasons we are unable to provide further information,” DFAT spokesperson said in a statement.
The passengers onboard both planes were guests on Princess Cruise ship the Royal Princess which is currently on a seven-day tour from Vancouver to Anchorage.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic plane accident in Ketchikan yesterday, and are offering our full support to the investigating authorities as well as the travelling companions of guests involved,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.