Randy Sullivan Royal Princess Alaska Floatplane Pilot Death – Randy Sullivan, 46, of Ketchikan, was a Mountain Air Service’s pilot and owner of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane which collided with a larger de Havilland Otter DHC-3.
According to the company’s website, he grew up in Ketchikan and was familiar with flying around Southeast Alaska. He was one of the two pilots for the Royal Princess floatplane excursion which crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday, May 13, 2019. Sullivan had logging over 11,000 hours of flight.
Federal accident investigators said the larger of the two flightseeing floatplanes involved in the deadly midair collision had rapidly descended in altitude when it collided with Sullivan’s aircraft.
A family friend and first responder to the scene, Jacob Bauer grew up with Sullivan. Bauer said that Sullivan had been a pilot in town for a long time. “Flying was his life, so he went out doing something he loved,” Bauer said.
“The death of Randy Sullivan is particularly difficult, as he was a high school classmate of mine,” Russel Thomas of Experience Alaska Tours said. He continued to say that Sullivan’s wife was also a classmate, and that his entire management team knew Randy Sullivan.
Thomas’s lodge became the base of operations in the immediate response to Monday’s crash, and he made a statement about the loss of Sullivan during Tuesday’s press conference.