Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island 11 rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island The Associated Press 11 Jul 2018
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 02:38

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".

"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.

The survivors were transported by helicopter to a staging area on the eastern end of the island en route to Ketchikan, where they were evaluated before being taken to Ketchikan General Hospital. Troopers said he reported the crash.

In the US state of Alaska crashed a small plane, on Board of which were ten passengers and the pilot. All almost a dozen passengers on board survived the incident, and were flown to Ketchikan aboard Temsco helicopters and transferred for medical care. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome".

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DeSpain says the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.

Emergency responders assist a passenger injured in a crash of a Taquan Air plane in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Ketchikan, Alaska. "But it's an ongoing rescue mission at this point".

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. Johnston said the priority now is to reach the crash site and make sure they're safe. The pilot called 911 after the crash Tuesday morning. Weather conditions so far reportedly prohibited reaching the site.

"The visibility is poor right now, so that's causing some difficulty in locating the aircraft right now", Hengen said.