UPDATE: Victims identified in deadly Ketchikan float plane crash

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (KTUU) - UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the individuals killed in Monday's deadly collision between two float planes in Ketchikan.

While the city of Ketchikan is mourning the loss of local pilot, 46-year-old Randy Sullivan, people across the globe are mourning as well.

The other victims have been named as:

Simon Bodie, a 56-year-old man from New South Wales, Australia.

Cassandra Webb, a 62-year-old woman from St. Louis, Missouri.

Ryan Wilk, a 39-year-old man from Utah.

Elsa Wilk, a 37-year-old woman from British Columbia, Canada.

Louis Botha, a 46-year-old man from San Diego, California.

Next of kin have been notified, and the Canadian and Australian Consulates have also been notified of the incident.

ORIGINAL: The community of Ketchikan is mourning the loss of local pilot Randy Sullivan, who a local lodge owner says was one of the four people killed Monday in a mid-air collision between two float planes above George Inlet.

"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.

Sullivan was the owner of Mountain Air Service, and a flightseeing tour pilot. According to the company's website, Sullivan grew up in Ketchikan.

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. You can watch that above.

Sullivan was an extremely experienced float plane pilot, logging over 11,000 hours of flight.

Members of Sullivan's family in Ketchikan asked for privacy when contacted by a Channel 2 reporter.

Four people have been confirmed dead by the Coast Guard in the crash, and authorities are still searching for two more missing people.

The governments of Canada and Australia have each said one of their citizens died in Alaska, in response to Channel 2's questions about the collision. Australian authorities said they were assisting the family of an Australian man who died in Alaska, but did not release further details.

Canadian authorities only said a Canadian citizen had died in Alaska. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska," wrote Guillaume Bérubé, of Global Affairs Canada.

Of the 10 people injured, four were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The NTSB has began its investigation into the cause of the accident.

Channel 2's Hank Davis and Alexis Fernandez also contributed to this report.

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