One useless, no less than eight others lacking after floatplane crash


The Coast Guard stated one individual has died and 9 others had been the themes of a search on waters close to Seattle after a floatplane crashed.

The company introduced simply earlier than 6 p.m. {that a} physique believed to be related to the crash in Mutiny Bay had been recovered. “Eight people stay unaccounted for,” it stated.

The Coast Guard later stated the variety of remaining topics of its search was 9, not eight. It stated one of many individuals on board was believed to be a toddler.

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter floatplane went down off Whidbey Island about 3:10 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration stated in an announcement.

The company stated preliminary studies point out 10 individuals had been on board.

“A floor security zone has been positioned across the scene of the crash,” the Coast Guard stated.

The companies aiding the Coast Guard included the Island County Sheriff’s Workplace, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Workplace and South Whidbey Fireplace/EMS, the federal company stated.

The aircraft took off from Friday Harbor, Washington, roughly 100 miles north of Seattle, en path to the Seattle space, authorities stated. The crash website off Whidbey Island is about 40 miles north of Seattle.

The FAA and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board will examine.

Floatplanes just like the de Havilland normally use parallel pontoons for takeoffs and landings utilizing waterways as an alternative of runways. The aircraft was designed as a short-takeoff-and-landing plane, that are favored for areas the place runways are comparatively quick.

Todd Miyazawa and Jay Blackman contributed.