Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Coast Guard searching for plane with 11 on board in Alaska

US Coast Guard searching for plane with 11 on board in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard said on social media that the plane was reported down about 40 miles (63 kilometers) southwest of Ketchikan.

"This afternoon, all 10 passengers and the pilot of a downed Taquan Air flight have been transported to Ketchikan where they are receiving medical attention", Taquan Air, which operates the airplane, said in a statement.

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. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

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

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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The Coast Guard said helicopter crews were searching for the plane and volunteer rescue teams with emergency medical personnel were standing by to help.

One MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was already headed to the scene from Air Station Sitka, with another being dispatched. "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. Weather conditions so far reportedly prohibited reaching the site.

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

"The visibility is poor right now, so that's causing some difficulty in locating the aircraft right now", Hengen said.

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