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Coast Guard respond to downed aircraft near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard respond to downed aircraft near Ketchikan, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the crew landed at Cape Decision Lighthouse, in Cape Decision, Alaska, July 21, 2021.
Coast Guard crews in Alaska often have to work in remote locations, like the Cape Decision Lighthouse, to conduct their missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lexie Preston.

Juneau, Alaska — The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, U. S. Forest Service, and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS)​ responded to a downed aircraft Thursday eight miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska.

An MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka located the wreckage of downed aircraft at 2:37 p.m. and lowered two rescue swimmers who reported no survivors.

One pilot and five passengers were reportedly aboard the​ aircraft owned by Southeast Aviation LLC.​

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, and ground, boat,​ and air crews from the Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Forest​ Service, and KVRS​ responded to the incident.​

Coast Guard respond to downed aircraft near Ketchikan, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew prepares to conduct night tow training in Tongass Narrows, near Ketchikan, Alaska, March 6, 2020.
Station Ketchikan crews maintain a rigorous training schedule to keep crews proficient for search and rescue cases when they come.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Jessica Fontenette.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registered to a De Havilland Beaver aircraft was activated near the Misty Fjords area at 11:20 a.m. A Temsco Helicopter reported sighting wreckage on a ridgeline in the search area.​

Weather conditions on scene were 8 mph winds, visibility of two miles, ceilings of​ 900 feet with a mist and light rain.​

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