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One dead and nine missing after seaplane crash near Seattle

The crash happened in Mutiny Bay, off Whidbey Island, about 65 kilometres north-west of the city .

Image: Associated Press

AT LEAST ONE person was killed and nine others are currently missing after a seaplane crashed in Puget Sound in the US state of Washington yesterday.

The US Coast Guard tweeted that the plane was flying from Friday Harbour, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The crash happened in Mutiny Bay, off Whidbey Island, about 65 kilometres north-west of Seattle.

The Coast Guard said it received a report of the crash around 3:11 pm (10:11pm Irish time) and dispatched helicopters and boats to scour the area. Local search and rescue officials were also on the 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 coast guard said in a statement, adding that no cause for the crash had yet been determined.

The plane crashed while on its way to Renton Municipal Airport near Seattle.

Flight tracking website Flight Radar 24 said it was monitoring reports of the crash, and that it had recorded the last signal from a 55-year-old de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter — a single-engine propeller plane — in the area at 3:08 pm local time at 100 feet (30.5 meters) of altitude.

Initially, the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest division tweeted that eight adults and one child were on board. It later tweeted an update that they were searching for 10 passengers.

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