Friday Harbor Seaplanes (San Juan Islands, WA) de Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter, registered as N725TH (above photo), crashed in Muting Bay close to Whidbey Island on Sunday, September 4.
The seaplane was headed to Renton Airport in Seattle.
One person is dead and nine others are missing.
The airline issued this statement on social media:
The team at Friday Harbor Seaplanes is heartbroken, we don’t know any details yet regarding the cause of the accident. We are working with the FAA, NTSB and Coast Guard. We have been in communication with the families. We are praying for the families involved, including our pilot and his family.
Please refer your questions about the investigation to CDR Xochitl L. Castaneda at the US Coast Guard, firstname.lastname@example.org . When we know more we will provide an update.
The Coast Guard issued this statement:
Coast Guard responds to crashed plane in Mutiny Bay, WA
The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in Mutiny Bay west of Whidbey Island.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center received a report at 3:11 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) that a float plane crashed with nine adults and one child aboard. The plane was en route to Renton Municipal Airport after departing from Friday Harbor.
The following assets are currently involved in the search:
Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew
87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Osprey and crew
87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark and crew (en route)
Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew
Coast Guard Station Port Angeles 45-foot RB-M crew
Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 aircraft and crew
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.
The small airline operates scheduled flights between Seattle (Renton) and Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.
Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.