- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages.

Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.

The airplane Monday left Dillingham on a flight to Port Heiden but landed in Pilot Point because of bad weather.

The airplane took off again from Pilot Point and crashed.

The Coast Guard sent out a helicopter from Kodiak to search. Ground crews from Pilot Point and Port Heiden also searched.

The helicopter found the wreckage shortly after 5 p.m. and crew members medically evaluated the survivors before transporting them to additional medical care.

Authorities planned to withhold names of the survivors until their families were contacted.

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