Coast Guard identifies passengers, pilot killed in seaplane crash

1 Dead, 9 Missing After Floatplane Crashes In Puget Sound
Martha Bellisle - staff, AP

The home base for Northwest Seaplanes and Friday Harbor Seaplanes at the Renton Municipal Airport was quiet Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, as they awaited reports from the U.S. Coast Guard, which is searching the waters of Puget Sound northwest of Seattle after one of their floatplanes crashed on Sunday, Sept. 4, afternoon. One body was recovered and nine remained missing on Monday.

The United States Coast Guard on Tuesday released the names of those onboard a seaplane that crashed near Whidbey Island on Sunday.

Spokane civil rights activist and Executive Director of the Carl Maxey Center Sandra Williams was one of 10 people killed in the crash.

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The others killed were pilot Jason Winter, Patricia Hicks, Lauren Hilty, Remy Mickel, Ross Mickel, Luke Ludwig, Rebecca Ludwig, Joanne Mera and Gabrielle Hanna.

The Coast Guard has recovered one body but has not yet identified that person. They have ended the search for those still missing.

“The Coast Guard offers its deepest sympathies to those who lost a loved one in this tragedy,” said Commander Xochitl Castaneda, the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for the crash.

Authorities have not identified what led to the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

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