Puget Sound crash: 1 dead, 9 missing after seaplane crashes in Washington state

The crash happened at Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Seattle.

LANGLEY, Washington– One person was killed and nine others were missing in a seaplane crash in Puget Sound, Washington, on Sunday, according to the US Coast Guard.

The agency said Sunday afternoon via Twitter that the plane was flying from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Renton, Washington. The Coast Guard previously said the plane was flying to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The crash happened at Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Seattle.

The Coast Guard said a body had been recovered and nine people were still missing.

Seaplanes, planes with pontoons that allow them to land on water, are a common sight around Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. There are several daily flights between the Seattle area and the San Juan Islands, a scenic archipelago northwest of Seattle that attracts tourists from around the world.

The planes, which also fly between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, frequently fly through Seattle and land in a lake not far from the city’s iconic Space Needle.

Renton, where the flight was headed to, authorities said Sunday, is on the southern tip of Lake Washington, about 10 miles southeast of Seattle.

In May 2019, six people were killed in a mid-air collision between two Alaska sightseeing planes. The Ketchikan-based seaplanes carrying passengers from the same cruise ship, the Royal Princess, were returning from tours to Misty Fjords National Monument.

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