Eleven people - 10 passengers and a pilot - were on board the plane, which crashed at an elevation of about 2,000 feet on the side of a mountain.
"This could have been bad", she said.
Emergency responders assist a passenger injured in a crash of a Taquan Air plane in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island Tuesday. The survivors were taken to a staging area to be transported to Ketchikan, while those with injuries that required immediate medical treatment were airlifted to Ketchikan Medical Center, the Coast Guard said. "So, hopefully we can find that aircraft very soon and be able to go from there and get those people off of Mount Jumbo". The Coast Guard said the extent of the injuries to people on board was not immediately known.
Hengen said that two helicopters were at the scene of the beacon, but due to visibility down to roughly a quarter mile, they had not yet located the plane. "The aircraft emergency locator transmitter has been activated". The pilot said all members of the flight have been accounted for though there are several injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard located the plane Monday afternoon and are working on an extraction plan, officials told ABC News.
There are reports the plane was one of the sightseeing flights that are popular in the region. The company says it's important to understand what happened to avoid similar incidents.
Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot at 72-year-old Mike Hodgins of Ketchikan. Preliminary information indicated that injuries but no fatalities were reported in the crash.
DeSpain said the plane, which had taken off from Prince of Wales Island, was bound for Ketchikan.
Prince of Wales Island is part of the Tongass National Forest and home to a handful of small communities.