The wreckage of a seaplane that crashed last week in the waters of Washington’s Puget Sound has been found on the ocean floor, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.
The NTSB said the depth and movement of the water hid the wreckage for days, The Seattle Times report.
Sonar positioned a “large section,” similar in length and width to an airplane, about 190 feet (58 meters) below the surface of Puget Sound near Whidbey Island, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Gabrith.
Investigators, the National Ocean Service, and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington have surveyed an area of 1.75 by 0.75 miles (2.8 by 1.2 kilometers) where eyewitnesses said the plane had crashed.
Due to the depth and currents of 3-5 knots, the NTSB is looking for remotely operated vehicles to retrieve the wreckage. The NTSB said the details of the crash, including the cause of the crash, could not be determined until more wreckage was discovered.
The only body found during Sunday’s flight from Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands to Renton, a suburb of Seattle, when it crashed on Sept. 4, was confirmed last week to be Seattle’s Gabby Hannah.
Actor and singer Megan HiltyHer sister, brother-in-law, and young nephew were among the other passengers.
The performer, known for roles in several TV shows and multiple Broadway musicals, shared photos of her sister Lauren Hilti, brother-in-law Ross Mikel, and son Lemmy. Instagram Last week, with a message about the crash.
“On Sunday afternoon, a small seaplane crashed into Puget Sound off Whidbey Island,” Hilti wrote. “My beloved sister Lauren, her brother-in-law Ross and baby nephew Remy were on the plane.”
The actress also said her sister is pregnant and the family expects to welcome a baby named Luka next month.
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