Taquan Air expected to resume passenger flight service Wednesday
Taquan Air plans to resume its passenger service Wednesday, according to the Federal Administration Association. The company suspended all flights after it was involved in two separate crashes, killing eight people in Southeast Alaska.
In a statement sent Tuesday night, an FAA spokesperson said the agency did not ground Taquan Air — the company voluntarily suspended its operations.
"Taquan decided to resume cargo-only operations last week after they discussed risk-reduction measures with the FAA's Juneau Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). The FAA agreed with these measures," spokesperson Ian Gregor wrote in an email.
The agency said there will be an increased inspector presence and surveillance of Taquan Air when the company resumes passenger flights.
On May 13, Taquan Air was operating one of the two floatplanes that collided midair near Ketchikan leaving six people dead. Taquan suspended scheduled flights on May 14 after the Ketchikan crash, according to its Facebook page, but resumed them along with flightseeing tours and chartered flights on May 17.
The following week on May 20, two people died in a Taquan Air de Havilland Beaver floatplane after their plane crashed in waters near Metlakatla Harbor.
A 2015 LA Times article reported that, in the last 30 years, 697 floatplane accidents have killed 258 people across Alaska.
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