"This could have been bad", she said. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome". "So, hopefully we can find that aircraft very soon and be able to go from there and get those people off of Mount Jumbo".
Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters rescued the 11 people and took them to a staging area where Temsco Helicopters, Inc. transported them on to Ketchikan. The Coast Guard said the extent of the injuries to people on board was not immediately known. Details on the injuries were not immediately known.
It happened about 40 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and rescue operations are under way.
Coast Guard commander and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Kahle praised the pilot, who had kept the 10 passengers safe while landing the aircraft in the uneven terrain.
The crash site was located at an elevation of about 2,000 feet on the side of a mountain.
The U.S. Coast Guard located the plane Monday afternoon and are working on an extraction plan, officials told ABC News.
Taquan Air says it's co-operating with authorities examining the circumstances surrounding the Tuesday morning crash. A spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers called it "tremendous" that no one died in the crash.
Johnson said the crash occurred around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.
DeSpain said the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.
The heavily forested Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle is the fourth-largest island in the U.S. At 2,577 square miles (6,675 square kilometres), it's larger than Delaware.
A company that offers scheduled flights and sightseeing tours says it cancelled all of its scheduled services Tuesday after one of its flights crashed in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.