Nearly a dozen passengers rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

Nearly a dozen passengers rescued after plane crashes on Alaska island

The people who need immediate medical attention will be taken by a different helicopter to Ketchikan Medical Center.

The channel said 10 people were injured as it hit the side of Mount Jumbo at a height of around 2,000 feet (600 meters), and were all in a stable condition.

There are reports the plane was one of the sightseeing flights that are popular in the region.

Update | All 11 people from the single-engine plane were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and flown to a staging area, before they were transported to Ketchikan for further medical treatment, NBC News first reported.

The pilot of the Dehavilland DHC-3 plane was able to call the Coast Guard after the crash, notifying them of the location on Prince of Wales Island, northeast of Hydaburg.

Coast Guard commander and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Kahle praised the pilot, who had kept the 10 passengers safe while landing the aircraft in the uneven terrain.

Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board says preliminary information suggests that the float-equipped plane is in rocky, tree-covered terrain.

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Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot at 72-year-old Mike Hudgins of Ketchikan. Troopers said he reported the crash.

Two Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crews initially responded to reports of the crash before noon with six Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad helicopters with EMS standing by to assist. It had to hoist the pilot and 10 passengers to safety.

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. The extent of those injuries is not yet known.

Weather at the time of the incident was approximately 2-mile visibility, the Coast Guard said.

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

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