- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two people were rescued Friday after their small plane made an emergency landing near an Alaska island.

The Coast Guard credits local authorities and others from the nearby community of Metlakatla for quickly responding to the scene in Smuggler Cove off Annette Island. The Coast Guard also helped in the response.

Petty Officer Lauren Steenson says the people rescued were taken to the Metlakatla clinic for treatment of minor injuries.

Officials say that because of icing on the BE18 Beechcraft plane, the pilot had missed the approach to the Ketchikan airport. Officials say the pilot diverted the aircraft for an emergency landing on the island but instead had to make the emergency landing in the water.

Officials say restricted visibility and 6-foot seas were reported at the scene.


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