11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

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.

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".

All 11 people rescued were hoisted from the crash site and taken to a staging area to be moved to the city for medical treatment.

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The pilot called 911 when the float equipped de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbo Otter seaplane crashed, and Alaska State Troopers alerted the Coast Guard about the crash at 8.50am local time. "This one had a good outcome so far", he said.

The pilot was flying from Prince of Wales Island and bound for Ketchikan when the crash occurred, according to the Troopers.

"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. The survivors chose to get to a hospital located near the city of Ketchikan.

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"We haven't heard of any casualties, no reports of that", said Clint Johnston, chief of Alaska's NTSB office.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios said word of the crash about 34 nautical miles southwest of Ketchikan, involving a plane carrying a pilot and 10 passengers, first reached the Coast Guard at about 9:20 a.m.

Johnson said Temsco Helicopters also had a chopper en route to the crash site.

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Hengen said there was roughly one-quarter mile of visibility as crews searched for the crash site about 40 miles (63 kilometres) southwest of Ketchikan. "We're just working on finding those people".

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