One person is dead and nine others, including a child, are missing after a seaplane crashed into the water near Seattle.
Witnesses on shore reported seeing the plane “nose into the water” in Puget Sound around 3:10 p.m. Sunday.
The US Coast Guard launched a search for missing persons after a body was found by a member of the public, but suspended its operation on Monday afternoon.
“All next of kin have been notified of this decision,” the Coast Guard said on Twitter, after crews searched an area of more than 2,100 square nautical miles (nearly 2,800 square miles).
“Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones and friends of the missing and deceased.”
Four coastguard vessels, a rescue helicopter and plane, along with nearby rescue and law enforcement agencies, were involved in the search.
A team from the National Transportation Safety Board was also sent to investigate.
The cause of the crash, involving a DHC-3 Turbine Otter, is still unknown.
Coast Guard spokesman William Colclough said the Northwest Seaplanes flight departed Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, and was heading for Renton Municipal Airport, the company’s base. .
The plane crashed in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 50 km northwest of downtown Seattle and halfway between Friday Harbor and Renton, a suburb of Seattle.
Seaplanes are commonplace around Puget Sound, an inlet to the Pacific Ocean. They have pontoons, allowing them to dock on the water.
There are several daily flights between the Seattle area and the San Juan Islands.
According to the company’s website, Northwest Seaplanes is a family business founded by Clyde Carlson.
It has 24 years of “accident-free and incident-free flight,” the website said.
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