U.S. Coast Guard rescues 11 passengers in Alaska plane crash

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"This could have been bad", said USCG Petty Officer Charly Hengen.

A plane carrying 11 people crashed Tuesday on a mountainside in Alaska, officials and rescuers said, but there were no deaths.

Update | All 11 people from the single-engine plane were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and flown to a staging area, before they were transported to Ketchikan for further medical treatment, NBC News first reported. "So, hopefully we can find that aircraft very soon and be able to go from there and get those people off of Mount Jumbo".

The Coast Guard says all 11 people on board the plane that crashed in Southeast Alaska today suffered only minor injuries, and are "otherwise in good condition". The pilot said all members of the flight have been accounted for though there are several injuries.

It happened about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and rescue operations are under way. The downed aircraft had an emergency locator that aided rescue efforts. A photo distributed by the Coast Guard shows a white plane with blue trim on rocky terrain.

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"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. A spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers called it "tremendous" that no one died in the crash. Preliminary information indicated that injuries but no fatalities were reported in the crash.

DeSpain says 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.

Prince of Wales Island is part of the Tongass National Forest and home to a handful of small communities.

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