Sunday afternoon’s crash of a floatplane at Puget Sound in Mutiny Bay, which is located west of Whidbey Island, resulted in the death of one person and left nine others unaccounted for. There was a child on board.
After a floatplane went down close to Whidbey Island on Monday, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) decided to call off the search for the nine passengers who are still missing.
The Coast Guard said that one body had been found and that nine people, including one child, had not been found. The plane had left Friday Harbor and was going to Renton, Washington.
Body was found on Sunday by a good Samaritan.
According to Captain Daniel Broadhurst, who serves as the chief of the incident management division for the 13th Coast Guard District, “It is always difficult when it comes time to make a choice to stop searching.”
The Coast Guard said it was stopping the search because ships, helicopters, and planes had “saturated an area” of almost 2,800 square miles.
According to a tweet sent out by the Coast Guard, “all next of kin have been notified of this decision.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones, and friends of those who have been lost or killed as a result of this tragedy.
According to the authorities, the investigation into what caused the collision is still ongoing.
Terry Ney, deputy head of operations for South Whidbey Fire & Rescue, stated, “For whatever reason, it dived straight into the sea without even attempting a landing.”
More to follow….