All 11 people on board a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in a mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, the officials said.
A coast guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and the passengers to safety, the U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said.
“This would be bad,” she said. “Fortunately, it was a good outcome. Although these people did sustain a number of injuries, we are very grateful that everything lives and that we were able to get to them quickly, even with the weather conditions.”
Here is a picture released of the float plane that crashed earlier today on a mountain in Alaska. Two coast guard helicopters rescued all 11 people on board the plane. The 10 passengers and the pilot all survived. The injuries appear to be minor. pic.twitter.com/gZtgnEtPqa
— Joe Fryer (@joefryer) July 11, 2018
The people were taken to a staging area, with emergency personnel on the spot. The Coast Guard, in a release, said that all on board were reported to have received minor injuries, but otherwise were in good condition. This on the condition that there are no further details about injuries.
“We had, I don’t know how many, but I think that probably every ambulance in the city” replied, said Chris John, an incident commander of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Mischa Chernick, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, said that all 11 people from the plane were brought to the hospital and be assessed.
Hengen said that there is about a quarter of a mile of visibility as the crew searched for the crash site about 40 miles (63 km) southwest of Ketchikan. The crashed plane had an emergency locator that helped relief.
The crash site is located at an altitude of about 2000 metres on the side of a mountain.
Preliminary information suggests the float-equipped de Havilland Otter aircraft was in a rocky, tree-covered terrain, said Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska.
The plane had taken of the Prince of Wales Island, was on the way to Ketchikan, said Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers.
The heavily forested Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle is the fourth largest island in the US, 2,577 sq mi (6,675 square kilometers), it is larger than Delaware.
Prince of Wales Island is part of the Tongass National Forest and home to a handful of small communities. Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights.