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Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska

Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska

All 11 people rescued were hoisted from the crash site and taken to a staging area to be moved to the city for medical treatment.

Prince of Wales Island is part of the Tongass National Forest and home to a handful of small communities.

Preliminary reports indicate there were no fatalities after a plane crashed in mountainous terrain in southeast Alaska, authorities said Tuesday.

A plane carrying eleven people, including ten passengers and a pilot, crashed about 2,000 feet up on the side of Alaska's Mount Jumbo Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard, in a release, said all on board were reported to have received minor injuries but otherwise were in good condition.

Visibility was about one-quarter mile, but the pilot had made an SOS call, and rescuers were able to locate an emergency locator signal.

Coast Guard commander and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Kahle praised the pilot, who had kept the 10 passengers safe while landing the aircraft in the uneven terrain.




A Coast Guard rescue helicopter battled deteriorating weather and very limited visibility. The pilot said all members of the flight have been accounted for though there are several injuries.

Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief, said the crashed aircraft was a de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to prevent similar ones", the company said in a statement.

The crash occurred Tuesday on the island of Prince of Wales, reports mir24.tv.

DeSpain said the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.

Taquan Air, which conducts scheduled flights and sightseeing services, said it was one of their flights.