One person was dead and nine others were missing Sunday after a floatplane crashed in Washington state’s Puget Sound near Seattle, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Nine adults and one child were aboard the plane en route from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Renton, a Seattle suburb, according to the USCG Pacific Northwest. UCSG tweeted that one body had been found in Mutiny Bay as crews searched for survivors.
“Search updates will be provided as they become available,” USCG tweeted.
Float planes, which have pontoons allowing them to land on water, are a common sight around the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. There are multiple, daily flights between the Seattle area and the San Juans, a scenic archipelago that draws tourists from around the world.
Renton is at the southern tip of Lake Washington about 10 miles southeast of Seattle.
The plane was a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Turbine Otter, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Seattle Times reported.
Mutiny Bay is west of Whidbey Island and about 40 miles northwest of Seattle. Multiple agencies were on the scene into Sunday night to assist in the investigation, including local fire and police departments.
Contributing: The Associated Press