Authorities: No reports of deaths after Alaska plane crash

By Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Preliminary reports indicate there were no fatalities 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. Details on the injuries were not immediately known.

The U.S. Coast Guard said on social media that the plane was reported down about 40 miles (63 kilometers) southwest of Ketchikan.

The Coast Guard said helicopter crews were searching for the plane and volunteer rescue teams with emergency medical personnel were standing by to help. The Coast Guard said the extent of the injuries to people on board was not immediately known.

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 (6,675 square kilometers), 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.

This article provided by NewsEdge.