In another remarkable story of survival, it appears there were no fatalities when a plane carrying 11 people crashed Tuesday in a mountainous region of Alaska.
Taquan Air, which conducts scheduled flights and sightseeing services, said it was a chartered flight. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome". Some were taken to a medical center in Ketchikan, but no details about their condition have been released.
The pilot was flying from Prince of Wales Island and bound for Ketchikan when the crash occurred, according to the Troopers.
The survivors were transported by helicopter to a staging area on the eastern end of the island en route to Ketchikan, where they were evaluated before being taken to Ketchikan General Hospital.
Authorities confirmed that the crash site has been located in terrain southwest of Ketchikan. "Sector Juneau watchstanders have directed the launch of Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crews", Hengen told the Anchorage Daily News.
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Injuries were reported among the 11 occupants, but right now the extent of those injuries is not known.
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. "But it's an ongoing rescue mission at this point". "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". Weather conditions so far reportedly prohibited reaching the site.
It happened about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and rescue operations are under way.
"The visibility is poor right now, so that's causing some difficulty in locating the aircraft right now", Hengen said.