All 11 rescued from crashed plane on Prince of Wales

All 11 rescued from crashed plane on Prince of Wales

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.

Authorities said the pilot radioed shortly before 9:00 a.m., and the Coast Guard dispatched two helicopter crews to the area, around 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Ketchikan. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. It provided no further detail on injuries.

"We had, I don't know how many, but I think probably every ambulance in town" responded, said Chris John, an incident commander with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.

"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.

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"The pilot reported the crash which occurred at about 2,000 feet on the side of Mount Jumbo", Rios said.

"The first order of business is to talk to the pilot to determine what happened, and if there were any mechanical problems involved, " said Johnson, who added that the operator of the aircraft, Taquan Air, is cooperating with the investigation. Initial reports are the plane went down about 2,000 feet up a mountain in rocky, tree-covered terrain.

Taquan Air, which conducts scheduled flights and sightseeing services, said it was a chartered flight. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to help prevent similar ones". All occupants in the crash are expected to survive, Hengen said.

A plane carrying 11 people crashed Tuesday on a mountainside in Alaska, officials and rescuers said, but there were no deaths.

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