Australian man killed in Alaska seaplane tragedy identified

An adventurous Australian businessman described as "a great family man" has been killed in the collision of two sightseeing seaplanes in Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers confirmed on Tuesday that Simon Bodie, 56, from Tempe in Sydney's inner-west, was one of six people killed in the horror crash.

Mr Bodie was believed to have taken the flight as part of a side trip from a cruise he was on along the Alaskan coast.

A statement from his family reported by the Nine Network said he had been married for 31 years to Stephanie, who was also on the cruise, and had two children, with his daughter recently engaged.

Simon Bodie, 56, from Tempe in Sydney's inner-west, was one of six people killed a seaplane crash in Alaska on Monday. Source: Facebook/ Simon Bodie

Mr Bodie was described as a successful businessman and "a great family man" who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

The family statement said he was adventurous, loved sailing, was a pilot himself and was very safety conscious.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

The collision occurred when a larger de Havilland Otter DHC-3, carrying 10 passengers and the pilot, was returning from Misty Fjord and collided with a smaller DHC-2 Beaver.

A sunken seaplane was seen at the site of the crash with part of the craft visible from above the water. Source: United States Coast Guard

"The Australian unfortunately is one of the people confirmed deceased," US Coast Guard Lieutenant Brian Dykens told AAP.

The nationalities of the people from both planes are 14 Americans, a Canadian and Mr Brodie.

The planes crashed into the icy cold waters off a southeast Alaskan inlet near Ketchikan, a popular destination for cruise ships in Alaska.

The Royal Princess, which can carry up to 3,600 people, was among four city-sized cruise ships in the tiny coastal community on the day.

A popular activity is flight-seeing in Misty Fjords National Monument to view lakes, snowcapped peaks and glacier valleys in the wilderness area.

"We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search efforts," US Coast Guard Captain Stephen White said.

"This is not the outcome we hoped for and extend our deepest sympathies during this very difficult time."

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