Bob Price, prominent businessman and owner of Price Chevrolet, was one of 11 people who survived a plane crash on Tuesday morning in Alaska. Price escaped with some injuries.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad personnel and Alaska State Troopers coordinated the rescue of all on board a downed float plane on Mount Jumbo, on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, (39 miles southwest of Ketchikan) July 10, shortly after 9 a.m. The passengers had been on a fishing trip.
When Price saw the rescue crew helicopter he commented on a photo he shared “This was me, thanking God.” He sounded in good spirits, but realized he was still reeling from the crash. He mentioned that one of the US Coast Guard rescuers /swimmers by the name of “Tony” was an American hero.
Experts said there was less than a one percent chance of survival in the plane crash. It has been reported by the National Transportation Board (NTSB) investigators that the pilot became disoriented after encountering a cloud ceiling at 1100 feet during deteriorating weather conditions.
According to reports, one passenger was critically injured, four were transferred to a Seattle hospital and all are expected to survive.