In Washington State, One Person Dead And Nine People Missing After A Plane Crash
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that one person has died and nine others, including a toddler, were reported missing when a floatplane crashed in Washington state’s Puget Sound.
In a news release, the organization stated that on Sunday, September 4, the plane was traveling from Friday Harbor, a well-known tourist site in the San Juan Islands, to Renton, a southern Seattle suburb.
According to the Coast Guard, it received word of the incident at 3:11 pm (2211 GMT) and immediately sent out boats and aircraft to search the area. Officials from the local search and rescue agency were also there.
In a statement, the coast guard said: “One deceased individual was recovered by crews on scene. Nine individuals remain unaccounted for, and a safety zone has been put into effect to help facilitate search efforts.”
Authorities stated they did not know what caused the crash.
A little over halfway between Friday Harbor and Renton and about 30 miles northwest of Seattle’s downtown, the plane came down in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft was a single-engine propeller de Havilland DHC-3 Otter.