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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Authorities say a plane carrying a reported 11 people crashed Friday night near the western Alaska village of Saint Marys.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says 'there are survivors and we are working our best to get them help.' She said she had no confirmation of any fatalities.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said the Cessna 208 was an Era Alaska flight. A man who answered the phone at Era Alaska's Saint Marys office said he couldn't provide any information. An Associated Press call to Era headquarters was not immediately returned.

Johnson says he believes a rescue crew from the village was the first to reach the crash site about four miles away. Saint Marys is about 470 miles from Anchorage.

The Cessna 208 had been reported missing on a flight from Bethel to Saint Mary's.

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