A plane crash in Alaska has reportedly resulted in the death of one person and has injured at least four others, ABC News reports. According to Reuters, the plane crash happened on Friday on a steep hill in the midst of a short flight from Juneau to a nearby island. The news has been confirmed by the U.S. Coast Guard as well. The report added that the location of the plane crash was 18 miles west of Juneau.
According to Juneau police officials, they received a 911 call on Friday afternoon from a person who said he was involved in a plane crash. The caller’s named matched one of the persons who were confirmed to be onboard the missing plane. A rescue helicopter was immediately sent for their assistance. Before the phone call was made, officials also received an alert from the crashed plane’s emergency beacon.
The rescuers managed to hoist four survivors from the area near the crash site. They were transported to a hospital in Juneau. Officials have not revealed the extent of injuries of the people rescued although there are reports saying that the condition of one of the rescued individual remains critical. Their identities also remain unclear. The rescue mission was challenging in itself due to bad weather and low visibility. The identity of the person who died in the crash has not been revealed. It is also unclear if the dead individual was the pilot or one of the passengers.
The aircraft involved in the plane crash is believed to be a single-engined Cessna 207 that was operated by Wings of Alaska. It was traveling from Juneau to Hoonah. The company operates several services to communities dotted across southeast Alaska. The plane crash occurred during one of its scheduled flights, Tim Seiber, Executive Vice President of Wings of Alaska confirmed.
This latest plane crash in Alaska comes barely a month since another crash that was reported from the same area. On June 25, a plane with 9 people on board crashed on to a steep cliff killing all of them. That incident was reported around 25 miles from the town of Ketchikan.
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