11 injured in plane crash outside of Ketchikan
JUNEAU, Alaska — Eleven people suffered minor injuries after a plane crashed in mountainous terrain in southeast Alaska, authorities said Tuesday.
Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers, said the pilot reported there were injuries but no deaths among the 11 on board after the crash on Prince of Wales Island. Coast Guard officials said all injuries were minor.
The U.S. Coast Guard said on social media that the plane was reported down about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan.
The Coast Guard was able to get all 11 on their Jayhawk helicopter where they were taken to a staging area for another ride to Ketchikan,
Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska said preliminary information suggests that the float-equipped de Havilland Otter aircraft was in rocky, tree-covered terrain.
DeSpain said the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.
The heavily-forested island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle, is the fourth largest island in the United States. At 2,577 square miles, it's 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.