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Eleven people from Alaska plane crash saved

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Los Angeles: A plane carrying 11 people crashed today on a mountainside in Alaska, officials and rescuers said, but there were no deaths. “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 De Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter floatplane was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot, according to CBS-affiliated TV station KTVA, citing rescuers.

The channel said 10 people were injured as it hit the side of Mount Jumbo at a height of around 2,000 feet (600 metres), and were all in a stable condition.


Authorities say the pilot radioed shortly before 9:00 am and the Coast Guard dispatched two helicopter crews to the area, around 65 km southwest of Ketchikan.

All 11 people rescued were hoisted from the crash site and taken to a staging area to be moved to the city for medical treatment.