The wreckage of a seaplane that crashed off the Washington state coast, killing ten people, has been found on the seabed.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the debris from the Sept. 4 crash was officially recovered Monday after conditions in the debris made the debris difficult to locate.
Both the water depth and currents of three to five knots contributed to the difficult salvage mission, officials said.
A large portion of the plane was about 190 feet (58 meters) below the surface of Puget Sound near Whidbey Island with sonar on, NTSB spokeswoman Jennifer Gabris told the Seattle Times.
The NTSB worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory to find the wreck. The groups searched a 1.75 by 0.75 miles (2.8 by 1.2 kilometers) area where witnesses to the crash said the plane landed.
The search for the nine people missing after the crash was called off a week ago. Only one person aboard the aircraft body has been recovered since the crash.
Among the passengers aboard the seaplane was 60-year-old Sandy Williams, a civil rights activist and editor of The Black Lens newspaper in the city of Spokane.
Williams was also executive director of the Carl Maxey Center, a community-based organization serving the needs of Spokane’s black and African American communities.
Her partner Patricia Hicks was also killed in the crash. The couple were on their way home from vacationing in the San Juan Islands, Rick Williams, Sandy Williams’ brother, told The Spokesman-Review.
Also on board the plane was Lauren Hilty, the pregnant sister of ‘Smash’ actress Megan Hilty.
Lauren’s husband, winemaker Ross Mickel, and their child, Remy Mickel, were also on board the plane and did not survive.
Also killed were passengers Patricia Hicks, Luke Ludwig, Rebecca Ludwig, Joanne Mera, and Gabrielle Hanna.
Officials have since said that the one body recovered after the crash belonged to Gabrielle (Gabby) Hanna, who was from Seattle.
The plane’s pilot, Jason Winters, did not survive.
The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter seaplane was flying out of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island when it crashed in the Mutiny Bay area west of Whidbey Island. It had gone to Renton, Washington.
The search was called off a day after the US Coast Guard searched about 2,100 nautical miles and found only the body of one victim.
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