The Latest: Searchers arrive at site of Alaska plane crash

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Posted: Apr 08, 2016 8:13 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a small commuter airplane Friday in southeast Alaska (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Searchers have arrived at the site where a small commercial plane with four people on board crashed Friday on a southeast Alaska island.

Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert says the conditions of the four people weren't immediately known.

Eggert says a Coast Guard helicopter crew lowered members of the Sitka Mountain Rescue to the site on Admiralty Island at about 2:20 p.m. He says the helicopter is still unable to land because of strong winds in the area.

The six-passenger Cessna 206 is owned by Sunrise Aviation in Wrangell. A woman who answered the phone at Sunrise Aviation says the company has no comment.

Eggert says the aircraft's emergency locator beacon activated at 9:32 a.m. He says a commercial helicopter pilot in the area spotted the wreckage.

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2:14 p.m.

Searchers are trying to reach a small commercial airplane with four people onboard that crashed Friday on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska.

The Coast Guard says the wrecked airplane, a six-passenger Cessna 206, was spotted 20 miles southeast of the village of Angoon.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Sitka was unable to land at the site because of strong wind. It returned to Sitka to pick up members of Sitka Mountain Rescue to search for survivors.

The Coast Guard in a release says the airplane left Wrangell for Angoon in 23 mph winds gusting to 34 mph.

The airplane's emergency locator beacon activated, alerting the Coast Guard that it was in distress, and the company that owns the airplane also contacted the agency.

Angoon is about 60 miles south of Juneau.