Eleven hoisted from Alaska plane crash

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island The Associated Press 11 Jul 2018

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.

All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said.

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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. All almost a dozen passengers on board survived the incident, and were flown to Ketchikan aboard Temsco helicopters and transferred for medical care.

Petty Officer Charly Hengen says a Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site Tuesday and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety.

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Hengen said that two helicopters were at the scene of the beacon, but due to visibility down to roughly a quarter mile, they had not yet located the plane. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome". "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". The company says it's important to understand what happened to avoid similar incidents.

Initial reports are the plane went down about 2,000 feet up a mountain in rocky, tree-covered terrain. The downed aircraft had an emergency locator that aided rescue efforts.

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In a dispatch report from the Alaska State Troopers, the Taquan Air pilot of the flight was identified as Mike Hodgins, 72, of Ketchikan. Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights. A spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers called it "tremendous" that no one died in the crash.

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