UPDATE: Survivor of Wrangell-Angoon plane crash in ‘critical’ condition

A photo of a Cessna 206 from Sunrise Aviation's website.
A photo of a Cessna 206 from Sunrise Aviation’s website.

Update | April 9, 4:59 p.m.

A nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center says Morgan Enright, 21, is currently in “critical” condition.
-Jennifer Canfield

Update | April 8, 8:56 p.m.

The sole survivor of a plane crash on Admiralty Island will be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Bartlett Regional Hospital representative Jim Strader said 21-year-old Morgan Enright’s condition was listed as “guarded” around 6:45 p.m.

A nursing supervisor said shortly before 9 p.m. that Enright was not yet at Harborview but that she was expected to arrive at some point in the night.
-Jennifer Canfield

Update | April 8, 6:58 p.m.

The Alaska State Troopers have identified the victims of the plane crash in an online dispatch. All three are from Wrangell.

David Galla, 60
Greg Scheff, 61
Thomas Siekawitch, 57

Morgan Enright, 21, of Ketchikan, was identified as the sole surviving passenger. Earlier reports say she was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Troopers do not know the extent of her injuries.

According to the troopers dispatch, next of kin have been notified and recovery efforts for the bodies of the deceased are ongoing.

Troopers say they received a report from Sunshine Aviation at around 10:22 a.m. that their Cessna 206 was overdue. Shortly after, troopers were notified by the U.S. Coast Guard that an emergency locater transmitter was going off near Admiralty Island.

A Temsco helicopter responded to the transmission and found the crash site in “steep terrain.” The Coast Guard also went to the site. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the crash and will investigate.
-Jennifer Canfield

Update | April 8, 4:38 p.m.

Three are dead after a plane registered to a Wrangell-based charter airline crashed on Admiralty Island Friday.

Four people were traveling on a Sunrise Aviation Cessna 206  between Wrangell and Angoon. Only one female passenger survived, according Sitka Mountain Rescue Captain Lance Ewers.

The Coast Guard received an emergency alert in the morning indicating the aircraft was in distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter located the downed plane 20 miles southeast of Angoon, but was unable to land due to turbulent winds. Members of Sitka Mountain Rescue were called in. Ewers said the team was dropped off 600 yards below the wreckage, which is located in snowy, alpine terrain.

“To everyone’s disbelief, they found one of the four passengers was alive,” Ewers said. “Then they immediately started mounting an effort to get her out of the plane where they could insert her into the helicopter.

Ewers is helping guide the team remotely from Sitka. The female survivor is being medevaced to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Her medical condition in unknown.

State business licensing documents for Sunrise Aviation identify two owners: Tyler Robinson and David Galla. Both are listed with Wrangell mailing addresses.

FAA records show that both men are licensed commercial pilots.
-Elizabeth Jenkins

Update | April 8, 4:08 p.m.

Lance Ewers, captain of Sitka Mountain Rescue, confirmed that three passengers on the flight did not survive. One passenger is being medevaced to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.
-Elizabeth Jenkins

Original story

A plane crashed on Admiralty Island Friday morning southeast of Angoon after departing from Wrangell. A search for survivors is underway.

The Coast Guard received a distress signal this morning, and a commercial aircraft located wreckage from a Cessna 206. The plane is registered to Sunrise Aviation, a charter flight company in Wrangell.

According to a Coast Guard news release, there were four passengers on board.

A Coast Guard helicopter was unable to land at the crash site, so a team from Sitka Mountain Rescue will conduct a ground search.

The flight was heading to Angoon.
-Katarina Sostaric, KSTK

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