Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

11 pulled from Alaska plane crash

11 pulled from Alaska plane crash

Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers, said the pilot reported there were injuries but no deaths among the 11 on board after the crash on Prince of Wales Island. The Coast Guard, in a release, said all on board were reported to have received minor injuries but otherwise were in good condition.

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 crash took place at an altitude of 2,000 feet and visibility during the rescue was one-quarter of a mile.

"This could have been bad", she said.

All 11 passengers on the plane survived the crash on Mount Jumbo, southwest of the city of Ketchikan. 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.

He says the Coast Guard, an area search and rescue team and a trooper were responding.

Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska said preliminary information suggests that the float-equipped de Havilland Otter aircraft was in rocky, tree-covered terrain.

"Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights today and is cooperating fully with the NTSB, FAA and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event", it continued. 'It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to prevent similar ones, ' the company said in a statement.

In the USA state of Alaska crashed a small plane, on Board of which were ten passengers and the pilot.

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

Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot at 72-year-old Mike Hodgins of Ketchikan.

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