Eleven people from Alaska plane crash saved

Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

Pilot, 72, and his 10 passengers SURVIVE plane crash when aircraft crashes into Alaskan mountains

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.

A chartered de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbo Otter float-equipped airplane crashed in a remote part of Alaska on Tuesday morning, but after a brief search by the U.S. Coast Guard, all 11 people on board were rescued.

The plane took off from Prince of Wales Island Tuesday morning bound for Ketchikan, about 25 miles away.

PHOTO: The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 11 people after their charter plane crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska, July 10, 2018. "This one had a good outcome so far", he said.

It happened about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and rescue operations are under way. "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".

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Eleven people - 10 passengers and a pilot - were on board the plane, which crashed at an elevation of about 2,000 feet on the side of a mountain. "The aircraft emergency locator transmitter has been activated".

Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers, says the pilot reported there were injuries but no deaths when the plane went down Tuesday.

Charly Hengen, public information officer for USCG, said that the pilot said there were no fatalities at the time the crash was called in, but that several injuries were reported. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to prevent similar ones", the company said in a statement.

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

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