LANGLEY, Washington (AP) — One dead, nine people missing, including a child, after a seaplane crash on Sunday afternoon in Puget Sound in Washington state, the US Coast Guard said.
The agency reported in Press release the plane was flying from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination. in San Juan Islands, in Renton, southern suburbs of Seattle.
Four Coast Guard ships, a rescue helicopter and an aircraft were involved. in extensive search, along with with nearby rescue and law enforcement agencies. The two ships were to continue searching through the night and air patrols will resume first light The Coast Guard reported late Sunday evening.
crash This was reported at 15:11. The Coast Guard reported one body were restored and nine people were still missing. cause of in crash is unknown, the authorities said.
The plane went down in rebel bay off Whidbey Island, about 30 miles (50 km) to the northwest. of in downtown Seattle and about halfway between Friday Harbor and Renton.
National Transportation Safety Board said it was a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter single-engine propeller aircraft.
Seaplanes with pontoons to allow them to land. on water, are common view around Puget Sound, bay of Pacific Ocean. There are several daily flights between Seattle area and the San Juan Islands, a picturesque archipelago northwest of of Seattle, which attracts tourists from all over the world. world.
These aircraft, which also fly between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, travel frequently over Seattle and land in Lake Washington, near the city, the iconic space needle.
Renton, where authorities said the flight was heading on Sunday, is at the southern tip. of Lake Washington, about 10 miles (16 km) to the southeast. of Seattle.
In 2019 in the air crash in Alaska between two sightseeing planes perished six people. Seaplanes based in Ketchikan were carrying passengers from the same Royal Princess cruise ship and returning from tours of Foggy Fjords National Monument.