All 11 on board survive plane crash on Alaska mountain

Plane crashes near Ketchikan with 11 aboard

The people who need immediate medical attention will be taken by a different helicopter to Ketchikan Medical Center. "The aircraft emergency locator transmitter has been activated".

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. The Coast Guard said the extent of the injuries to people on board was not immediately known.

Charly Hengen, public information officer for USCG, said that the pilot said there were no fatalities at the time the crash was called in, but that several injuries were reported.

A plane carrying eleven people, including ten passengers and a pilot, crashed about 2,000 feet up on the side of Alaska's Mount Jumbo Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A plane carrying 11 people crashed Tuesday on a mountainside in Alaska, officials and rescuers said, but there were no deaths. A photo distributed by the Coast Guard shows a white plane with blue trim on rocky terrain. 'It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to prevent similar ones, ' the company said in a statement.

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Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot at 72-year-old Mike Hodgins of Ketchikan.

Johnson said the crash occurred around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.

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.

The heavily-forested island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle, is the fourth largest island in the United States. The island is part of the Tongass National Forest. Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights.

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