Coast Guard, good Samaritans respond to float plane crash

No injuries reported

The Coast Guard rescued two survivors of a float plane in Tracy Arm south of Juneau late Thursday afternoon.

The two were the only people reported on board, and no injuries were reported, said Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, a public information officer with District 17.

Mosley said in a release that Coast Guard search and rescue watchstanders received a satellite emergency signal Thursday afternoon as well as a may day broadcast from a plane saying they had crashed.

Good Samaritans — the crews of a cruise ship Carnival Spirit and an Allen Marine tour boat — responded and found the pilot and passenger sitting on one of the floats of the partially submerged plane.

The good Samaritans remained with the two until a Coast Guard Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew arrived on scene and took them back to Juneau.

The plane was a small red and yellow Glasair that reportedly crashed when one of its two floats failed while landing, the release states.


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