The coast guard said one person was killed and nine others were missing after a small plane crashed off the coast of Washington state on Sunday.
The Coast Guard said it received a report of the crash around 3:11 p.m. (2211 GMT) and sent helicopters and boats to investigate. Local search and rescue personnel were also present.
“On-scene crews recovered one deceased individual.” “Nine people are still missing, and a safety zone has been established to aid in search efforts,” the coast guard said in a statement, adding that the cause of the crash had not yet been determined.
The plane was on its way to Renton Municipal Airport near Seattle when it crashed over the Pacific Ocean inlet of Puget Sound.
Flight tracking website Flight Radar 24 said it was monitoring reports of the crash and that the last signal from a 55-year-old de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter — a single-engine propeller plane — in the area was recorded at 3:08 p.m. local time at 100 feet (30.5 meters) altitude.
The Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest division initially tweeted that there were eight adults and one child on board. It later tweeted that they were looking for 10 passengers.