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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A floatplane with 11 people aboard was reported down in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island near the west arm of Cholmondeley Sound at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Some injuries — but no fatalities — have been reported, according to Alaska State Troopers and National Transportation Safety Board officials.
“We don’t know what the extent of those injuries are,” Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska Regional Office of the NTSB, said before noon on Tuesday.
“This is an active, Coast Guard search and rescue right now,” Johnson added. Weather hampered early efforts to reach the site.
According to KVRS information, the Coast Guard was able to access the area, and, as of about 12:30 p.m., was preparing to lift passengers of the plane by helicopter down to a staging area at sea level where six Temsco helicopters, three floatplanes and eight medics are on scene.
Taquan Air reported the plane down, according to troopers information.
The site is at about the 2,000-foot level of Copper Mountain, which is about 20 miles southwest of Ketchikan.
The plane is a DHC3-T De Havilland Turbine Otter, and was carrying a pilot and 10 passengers, according to Johnson.
In addition to the Coast Guard, the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and Alaska State Troopers are involved in the response, according to troopers information.