11 pulled from Alaska plane crash

11 pulled from Alaska plane crash

11 pulled from Alaska plane crash

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

A Coast Guard spokesperson said all on board were alive, but some had been injured in the crash.

A plane carrying eleven people, including ten passengers and a pilot, crashed about 2,000 feet up on the side of Alaska's Mount Jumbo Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A plane carrying almost a dozen people has crashed on a mountain southwest of Ketchikan Tuesday morning, with U.S. Coast Guard crews responding to the area.

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

She says the people onboard were taken to a staging area with emergency personnel onsite.

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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.

Coast Guard commander and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Kahle praised the pilot, 72-year-old Mike Hodgins, who had kept his 10 passengers safe while landing the aircraft in the uneven terrain. A photo distributed by the Coast Guard shows a white plane with blue trim on rocky terrain. The company says it's important to understand what happened to avoid similar incidents.

There are reports the plane was one of the sightseeing flights that are popular in the region. Preliminary information indicated that injuries but no fatalities were reported in the crash.

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 kilometres), it's larger than Delaware.

Prince of Wales Island is part of the Tongass National Forest and home to a handful of small communities.

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