Coast Guard: 11 Rescued After Plane Crashes on Alaska Island

12 July, 2018, 22:22 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

All 11 people onboard the plane are alive after hitting the mountain on Prince of Wales Island just before 9 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen told Alaska Public Media on Tuesday.

The people were taken to a staging area with emergency personnel onsite.

Nearby Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad crews are on standby as the search continues for the downed plane and the stranded 11 people who were onboard.

Visibility was about one-quarter mile, but the pilot had made an SOS call, and rescuers were able to locate an emergency locator signal.

The crash site is 2,000 feet above sea level in a mountainous area. All almost a dozen passengers on board survived the incident, and were flown to Ketchikan aboard Temsco helicopters and transferred for medical care. Those on board the de Havilland DHC-3 suffered mostly minor injuries.


Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane departed a fishing lodge at Steamboat Bay, on Noyes Island, at about 7:30 a.m., headed for Ketchikan. A photo distributed by the Coast Guard shows a white plane with blue trim on rocky terrain.

"Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights today and is cooperating fully with the NTSB, FAA and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event", it continued. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to help prevent similar ones". Alaska State Troopers have identified the plane as a Taquan Air flight. Troopers said he reported the crash.

All 11 people on board a plane survived a crash in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

The heavily forested Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle is the fourth-largest island in the U.S. At 2,577 square miles (6,675 square kilometers), it's larger than Delaware.

Taquan Air, which conducts scheduled flights and sightseeing services, said it was one of their flights.

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