KETCHIKAN, Alaska (KTUU) – Five people suffered only minor injuries following a small plane crash in Southeast Alaska Sunday afternoon.
According to the a Facebook post by the Ketchikan Fire Department, a pilot and six passengers were on board a DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver that crashed near Big Goat Lake in the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the aircraft crashed into the lake during takeoff. All seven occupants were able to exit the plane and swim to shore. They were picked up by two other planes and flown back to the Taquan Air dock in Ketchikan at around 3:35 p.m.
Medics from the Ketchikan and Tongass fire departments met the survivors at the dock to evaluate them. Five were transported to Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center with minor injuries, KFD said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the crash and will be following up on Tuesday, troopers said.
Big Goat Lake is approximately 25 air miles east of Ketchikan.