JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on a plane crash in Alaska (all times local):
A company that offers scheduled flights and sightseeing tours says it canceled all of its scheduled services Tuesday after one of its flights crashed in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.
Taquan Air says it’s cooperating with authorities examining the circumstances surrounding the Tuesday morning crash. The company says it’s important to understand what happened to avoid similar incidents.
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.
All were rescued. The Coast Guard says all were reported to have received minor injuries. Further details on the injuries weren’t immediately available
The U.S. Coast Guard says all 11 people aboard a plane that crashed on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska have been rescued.
Petty Officer Charly Hengen says a Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site Tuesday and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety.
Hengen did not know what kind of injuries may have been sustained in the crash hours earlier.
She says the people onboard were taken to a staging area with emergency personnel onsite.
She says low visibility created a challenge for rescuers, but the aircraft had an emergency locator that aided the search.
Authorities say no deaths have been reported after a plane believed to be carrying 11 people crashed in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.
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.
He says the Coast Guard, an area search and rescue team and a trooper were responding.
Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board says preliminary information suggests that the float-equipped plane is in rocky, tree-covered terrain.
DeSpain says the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.