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

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island The Associated Press 11 Jul 2018

In the US state of Alaska crashed a small plane, on Board of which were ten passengers and the pilot. Some were taken to a medical center in Ketchikan, but no details about their condition have been released. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

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

Eleven people were rescued Tuesday after a floatplane crashed about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, Alaska, officials said.

The company said it had suspended all scheduled flights Tuesday and was co-operating with authorities.

The channel said 10 people were injured as it hit the side of Mount Jumbo at a height of around 2,000 feet (600 meters), and were all in a stable condition.

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A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. The Coast Guard said the extent of the injuries to people on board was not immediately known.

Emergency response crews mobilized early Tuesday morning for a report of a plane, holding 11 people on board, that crashed near Ketchikan.

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

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 prevent similar ones, ' the company said in a statement. A spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers called it "tremendous" that no one died in the crash.

The pilot of the Dehavilland DHC-3 plane was able to call the Coast Guard after the crash, notifying them of the location on Prince of Wales Island, northeast of Hydaburg.

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