06/26/2015 12:08 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Federal Agency: 9 people on small airplane die in crash in southeast Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Authorities say all nine people aboard a sightseeing airplane died when it crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska.

Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, confirmed weather is preventing the recovery of bodies Thursday evening off a cliff about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan.

Attempts to recover the bodies will resume Friday.

The plane was carrying eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot. It went missing Thursday afternoon and was crashed against the granite rock face of a southeast Alaska cliff.

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