Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

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

All 11 were taken to a staging area and were to be transported from there to Ketchikan.

Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska said the plane was a float-equipped de Havilland Otter aircraft.

Johnson said preliminary information showed that some of the passengers may have had back injuries, leg injuries, possibly a broken ankle, and some bumps, cuts and bruises.

"I think we dodged a bullet in this case", Johnson told Channel 2, recalling a crash in the Ketchikan area in 2015 that killed nine people in the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 11 passengers on a plane that crashed into an Alaskan mountain Tuesday.


Mischa Chernick, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, said all 11 individuals from the plane were brought to the hospital and being assessed.

Authorities confirmed that the crash site has been located in terrain southwest of Ketchikan. They were airlifted out by a USCG Jayhawk helicopter. All occupants in the crash are expected to survive, Hengen said. "We are thankful for their safe transport and at this time our focus is on assisting these passenger, the pilot, their families and loved ones".

Authorities say no deaths have been reported after a plane believed to be carrying 11 people crashed in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.

Charly Hengen, a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard, said the aircraft's pilot called in shortly before 9 a.m. local time. The extent of those injuries is not yet known.

Chris John, the Incident Commander at the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, said weather conditions had complicated rescue operations.

Hengen said visibility is very poor on the side of Mount Jumbo.

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