SUMMER READING – Award winning author Amy Butcher, left, listens to her Sitka Fine Arts Camp creative non-fiction writing student Tayla Eaton, of Kodiak, read at the Backdoor Cafe Wednesday morning. Butcher took her class to read essays they wrote in class during the two-week camp, which is wrapping up this week. Students are giving final performances in a variety of artistic disciplines tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Two Planes Down In Ketchikan Area

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard says at least 10 people are accounted for after two floatplanes went down in the water today near the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.
    Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says one of the planes carried 11 people and the other plane carried five. The fate of the other six people wasn’t immediately known.
    The Coast Guard Air Station Sitka received a call about the planes around 12:30 p.m. and launched two helicopters around 1 p.m.       
    The Ketchikan Daily News reported injured passengers were being taken to a nearby lodge, where the local emergency medical services department was staging. Their conditions were not immediately known.   
    Rios says it’s not immediately clear if the planes crashed or had anything to do with each other going down in the Monday incident.   
    Weather conditions included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds.

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