Eleven people from Alaska plane crash saved


The pilot said all members of the flight have been accounted for though there are several injuries.

All 11 people on board a plane survived a crash in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

"It was reported that 11 people from the plane crash are alive, but have injuries", the US Coast Guard said in a statement following the incident near the southeasternmost city of Ketchikan.

The pilot of the aircraft that crashed 2,000 feet up into the mountains told the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday morning that he tried to avoid mountainous terrain, according to the Associated Press.

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.

Petty Officer Charly Hengen says a Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site Tuesday and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety.

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"This could have been bad", she said.

It happened about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and rescue operations are under way.

The U.S. Coast Guard located the plane Monday afternoon and are working on an extraction plan, officials told ABC News. "It is imperative we understand the factors surrounding this incident to help prevent similar ones".

"Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights today and is cooperating fully with the NTSB, FAA and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event", it continued.

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

The heavily forested Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle is the fourth-largest island in the U.S. At 2,577 square miles (6,675 square kilometres), it's larger than Delaware. The island is part of the Tongass National Forest.