These are the victims of the deadly Alaska mid-air collision
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family's savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week's deadly mid-air collision of two sightseeing planes in Alaska.
Ten others survived the Monday crash over an inlet in southeast Alaska near the cruise ship port community of Ketchikan. All 14 passengers were off the cruise ship Royal Princess, which is on a seven-day trip in Alaska.
Alaska State Troopers identified the passengers who died as 46-year-old Louis Botha of San Diego, 56-year-old Simon Bodie from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia, 62-year-old Cassandra Webb from St. Louis, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk from Utah and 37-year-old Elsa Wilk of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Also killed was the pilot of one of the planes, 46-year-old Randy Sullivan of Ketchikan.
Here's a closer look at the victims:
Simon Bodie, 56, was a businessman from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia, and described in Australian media as a "devoted family man."
Bodie, a father of two, is believed to have taken the fateful flight with his wife of 31 years, Stephanie, The Australian newspaper reported.
"Simon was a unique beautiful person and a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him," his family said in a statement issued through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Randy Sullivan knew the perils of flying in southeast Alaska, where weather is always a challenge.
"The danger," Sullivan told the Los Angeles Times in a profile in 2015, "it's on people's minds. Always."
His wife, Julie, also knew the risks.
She kissed him before each flight as a gesture of good luck and love.
The Sullivans owned and operated Mountain Air Service, a flight service specializing in Misty Fjords National Monument tours, bear viewing and glacier tours, according to the company website. It says Sullivan grew up in Ketchikan, spending time as a child in remote logging camps.
He received aviation training at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before returning to Ketchikan. He flew in the Ketchikan area for 14 years, according to the website.
"After countless hours of flying, he has become extremely well respected and known to be 'one of the best' in his field," the page states.
He spent his family's $500,000 savings on a 1952 Beaver airplane, he told the Los Angles newspaper. It wasn't clear if that aircraft was the doomed plane.
Julie Sullivan has been given legal advice not to speak to reporters, said her father, Bud Kenyon.
"We're shocked, you know. We're just in disbelief about all this. It's hard to understand this. It's tough for us, you know," he said, his voice breaking. "It's a roller coaster."
RYAN and ELSA WILK
Ryan and Elsa Wilk planned to move from British Columbia to their new home in a Salt Lake City suburb.
They were killed in Monday's crash.
Ryan Wilk, 39, was a cybersecurity expert who had been featured in a number of articles, including in the New York Times.
He was a vice president for the Canadian firm NuData Security, a division of MasterCard.
Friends and colleagues remember Wilk as an intelligent, witty man who cherished good beer and long conversations.