Missing plane carrying 9 people found on cliff-side in southeast Alaska; condition unknown

Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard says a plane carrying nine people has been discovered on a cliff-side in southeast Alaska after it was reported missing Thursday afternoon.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1RAUewH ) a medical team has been sent out but the condition of the plane and its occupants isn't immediately known.

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Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker says officials were notified of an overdue turboprop Otter operated by a Ketchikan-based sightseeing company with nine people aboard. The agency was launching a helicopter from Sitka and a rescue vessel from Ketchikan.

Officials began tracking an emergency locator transmitter that activated near Misty Fjords, and a helicopter pilot spotted the plane.

Messages left by The Associated Press for the Coast Guard and an Anchorage representative of the National Transportation Safety Board were not immediately returned.