Plane Hits Alaska Mountain, and Everybody Survives

Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

There are reports the plane was one of the sightseeing flights that are popular in the region. Those on board the de Havilland DHC-3 suffered mostly minor injuries.

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

A plane carrying 11 people-10 passengers and a pilot-crashed about 2,000 feet up on the side of Alaska's Mount Jumbo on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The survivors were taken to a staging area to be transported to Ketchikan, while those with injuries that required immediate medical treatment were airlifted to Ketchikan Medical Center, the Coast Guard said. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

In a remarkable story of survival, the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 11 people after their charter plane crashed on the Prince of Wales Island near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Authorities confirmed that the crash site has been located in terrain southwest of Ketchikan.

Injuries were reported among the 11 occupants, but right now the extent of those injuries is not known. Preliminary information indicated that injuries but no fatalities were reported in the crash.

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The plane took off from Prince of Wales Island Tuesday morning bound for Ketchikan, about 25 miles away.

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

Hengen said there was roughly one-quarter mile of visibility as crews searched for the crash site about 40 miles (63 kilometers) southwest of Ketchikan. It had to hoist the pilot and 10 passengers to safety. Johnston said the priority now is to reach the crash site and make sure they're safe.

Chris John, the Incident Commander at the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, said weather conditions had complicated rescue operations.

"The visibility is poor right now, so that's causing some difficulty in locating the aircraft right now", Hengen said. "We're just working on finding those people".

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