2 injured in crash of small plane in Southeast

Associated PressMarch 14, 2012 

Two people were injured in a the crash of a small plane off Prince of Wales Island, the Coast Guard said.

The Ketchikan Daily News says the two were injured Tuesday morning when their de Havilland Beaver floatplane plunged into waters near Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jeremy Dawkins said the pilot and a passenger were taken to Ketchikan Medical Center. Injuries included those to the head and back.

The Coast Guard declined to identify the two.

The Coast Guard was alerted to trouble when an emergency locator transmitter signal began going off and there was a report of an overdue Southeast Aviation plane traveling from Niblack Mine on Prince of Wales to Ketchikan.

An alert was broadcast for boaters to be on the lookout for the plane, Dawkins said. The Coast Guard sent out a helicopter crew and a lifeboat crew, and diverted a cutter to assist.

Alaska State Troopers also launched a patrol vessel, the Coast Guard said.

Responding to the alert, a vessel reported that the plane was in the water off Prince of Wales Island, and the two occupants were on the beach nearby.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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