One Dead, One Injured in Plane Crash near Prince William Sound

KODIAK, Alaska – One person is dead and another injured after a small plane crashed near Prince William Sound this afternoon.

The Coast Guard was notified at about 3 p.m., that a Cessna 180 crashed on the east side of Cochrane Bay on Prince William Sound. Two hikers with a handheld VHF radio witnessed the crash and contacted a nearby vessel. The vessel then relayed the information to the Coast Guard in Valdez using its VHF radio.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter on its way from Seward to Cordova was diverted to assist. The Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center also launched an HH-60 helicopter and a C-130. A Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel also responded.

The Air Station Kodiak based Dolphin helicopter crew located the aircraft and found one man dead and a woman seriously injured. The woman was freed from the plane and was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for further medical treatment.

The Air National Guard helicopter is recovering the body of the man.

Weather conditions during the time of the crash were overcast. The cause of the crash is not known at this time. The names and ages of the individuals involved in the crash are unknown as are the aircraft’s origin and destination.

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