Floatplane Crashes in Puget Sound: 1 Dead, and 9 Missing


September 05, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

One person was killed and 9 remain missing, including a child, after a floatplane crashed into Puget Sound in Washington state.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release that the floatplane departed from Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands and was flying to Renton, Washington. The Associated Press stated that “Four Coast Guard vessels, a rescue helicopter, and an aircraft were involved in the extensive search, along with nearby rescue and law enforcement agencies.” The search continued into the evening with two vessels searching, and air patrols resuming their work at dawn.

The Coast Guard received the report of the crash at 3:11 p.m. on Sunday. When authorities arrived, one person was found and nine others were missing. The plane crash-landed about halfway through the trip in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, roughly 30 miles northwest of downtown Seattle. 

According to The National Transportation Safety Board, the floatplane was a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, a single-engine propeller plane. Authorities have not determined the cause of the crash.