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The search for nine people suspected of being dead after a seaplane crash in Seattle is called off

The search for nine people believed to be dead after a seaplane crash in Seattle is called off after the Coast Guard found a body before searching all night

  • 10 people, including a child, were on board the seaplane when it took off from Mutiny Bay in Washington
  • At 3:30 p.m., about 18 minutes after a 50-minute flight, the plane disappeared from sight
  • Boaters from the Good Samaritan who witnessed the crash were the first on the scene and were able to rescue one of the victims
  • The other nine passengers, including the child, were not recovered
  • The aircraft was owned by Northwest Seaplanes, who previously had an accident-free record

The Coast Guard on Monday gave up searching for nine people, including a child, who are missing after a seaplane crash in Washington’s Mutiny Bay near Seattle.

“It’s always a difficult decision to make the decision to stop searching,” said Capt. Daniel Broadhurst, Incident Management Branch Chief of the 13th Coast Guard District.

“The hearts of all first responders go out to those who lost a family member, loved one or friend in the crash.”

The plane crashed around 3:30 p.m. Sunday en route to Renton Municipal Airport — a 50-minute flight.

This is the last known photo of the Northwest seaplane that crashed in Mutiny Bay on Sunday, killing all 10 passengers and the pilot

This is the last known photo of the Northwest seaplane that crashed in Mutiny Bay on Sunday, killing all 10 passengers and the pilot

The Northwest Seaplane plane lands during an earlier flight. The company had an impeccable safety record prior to the crash

The Northwest Seaplane plane lands during an earlier flight. The company had an impeccable safety record prior to the crash

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The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Chase Larabee enjoyed his motorboat in Friday Harbor Sunday to take a picture of the plane two days before the crash.

“A bit spooky as they were chatting to some people who were waiting for the plane on their way to the dock today,” he said in a Facebook post. “Being in the aviation industry, I know the pilot and the airline operator. Both have impeccable security records. May they rest in peace.’

The Coast Guard said Good Samaritans who saw the plane crash were first on the scene and were able to recover a deceased passenger.

Flight data shows the plane was only 18 minutes into its 50-minute flight when it crashed

Flight data shows the plane was only 18 minutes into its 50-minute flight when it crashed

The plane was flying from Friday Harbor to Seattle Tacoma International Airport when it crashed, the Coast Guard reported

The plane was flying from Friday Harbor to Seattle Tacoma International Airport when it crashed, the Coast Guard reported

The Coast Guard and other local authorities traveled 2,100 nautical miles around Whidbey Island to search for the plane's passengers

The Coast Guard and other local authorities traveled 2,100 nautical miles around Whidbey Island to search for the plane’s passengers

At least nine passengers, including a child, are believed dead after a seaplane crashed in Washington's Mutiny Bay on Sunday

At least nine passengers, including a child, are believed dead after a seaplane crashed in Washington’s Mutiny Bay on Sunday

Two Coast Guard cutters spent Sunday night through Monday searching for survivors of the seaplane that crashed in Mutiny Bay

Two Coast Guard cutters spent Sunday night through Monday searching for survivors of the seaplane that crashed in Mutiny Bay

The Coast Guard, local sheriffs, South Whidbey Island Fire and EMS and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station helicopter continued searching for survivors Sunday afternoon. Two cutters monitored the waters around the crash site from Sunday night to Monday.

The Coat Guard said they searched 2,100 nautical miles of the area.

The crash happened at Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 40 miles northwest of Seattle.

The plane was last seen near Oak Harbor, about 18 minutes into the flight.

According to Flightradar24, the seaplane was a 55-year-old de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter. The plane is owned by Northwest Seaplanes, a family company founded in 1988, according to its website.

“Northwest Seaplanes has a record of accident and trouble free flying for over 24 years,” according to the company’s online profile.

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