Prince of Wales, Alaska (KINY) The National Transportation Safety Board said the planes pilot tried to avoid the mountainous terrain the plane hit.
The plane crashed into Mount Jumbo just after 10 am Tuesday with the pilot and 10 people on board. Four were transferred to Seattle hospitals, six were treated and released, and one was hospitalized in Ketchikan.
The pilot told the NTSB that the plane took off at 7:50 am headed toward Ketchikan when he noticed rising terrain ahead of him. He tried to avoid it but collided with it nonetheless.
A woman who survived the crash said she's thankful to be alive.
Ginny Hacker Eiseman posted on Facebook her gratitude for the U.S. Coast Guard and for the medical team that tended to her following the rescue. She was one of 11 people on board the plane. All survived.
The Coast Guard has said the aircraft's emergency locator aided search efforts that were complicated by visibility of roughly one-quarter mile.