U.S. Coast Guard rescues 11 passengers in Alaska plane crash

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

The Coast Guard says all 11 people on board the plane that crashed in Southeast Alaska today suffered only minor injuries, and are "otherwise in good condition". "This one had a good outcome so far", he said.

All 11 people onboard the plane are alive after hitting the mountain on Prince of Wales Island just before 9 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen told Alaska Public Media on Tuesday. The people who need immediate medical attention will be taken by a different helicopter to Ketchikan Medical Center.

"We had, I don't know how many, but I think probably every ambulance in town" responded, said Chris John, an incident commander with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the plane, a de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter, went down 39 miles south southwest of Ketchikan near Hetta Inlet, 2,000 feet in elevation on Mount Jumbo. Crews from two Jayhawk helicopters searched several hours for the downed plane and the survivors who were able to activate the plane's emergency locator. The Taquan Air plane crashed into a mountainside 2,000 feet up after picking up the 10 passengers at a fishing lodge near Ketchikan. A photo distributed by the Coast Guard shows a white plane with blue trim on rocky terrain.

The company said it had suspended all scheduled flights Tuesday and was cooperating with authorities.

There are reports the plane was one of the sightseeing flights that are popular in the region. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to help prevent similar ones". Preliminary information indicated that injuries but no fatalities were reported in the crash.

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. Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights.

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