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Coast Guard responds to crashed airplane in Mutiny Bay

Coast Guard responds to crashed airplane in Mutiny Bay
Archive image: A Coast Guard C-27J aircrew, assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, flies along the California Coastline during an area of familiarization training.
The C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Handlin.

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard aerial and maritime crews responds to a report of an airplane crashed​ Sunday afternoon​ in Mutiny Bay west of Whidbey Island.

Wacthstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center received a report at 3:11 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) that an airplane (seaplane) crashed in Mutiny Bay with nine adults and one child aboard.​ The airplane was en route to Renton Municipal Airport after departing​ from Friday​ Harbor.​

The following assets are currently involved in the search:

Coast Guard responds to crashed airplane in Mutiny Bay
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight operations around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Air Station, located near the Los Angeles International Airport, conducts law enforcement, search and rescue, pollution response, and homeland security operations.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Additionally, first responders from South Whidbey Fire, Island County Sheriff’s Office and Snohomish County Sheriff’s office are on scene.​

One deceased individual was recovered by crews​ on scene. Nine individuals remain unaccounted​ for,​ and a safety zone has been put into effect to help facilitate search efforts.

The​ cause of the incident is unknown at this time.


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