Puget Sound floatplane crash: Bodies of six out of 10 victims recovered

Bodies of six out of 10 victims floatplane crash Authorities said Friday that five have been recovered and identified in Puget Sound, Washington state.

Eric Brooks, deputy director of Island County Emergency Management, confirmed that four additional victims have been identified, Seattle The Times reported. Gabby Hanna of Seattle, whose body was found shortly after the Labor Day weekend accident near Whidbey Island, was identified earlier.

Officers were still working to identify the sixth victim. Brooks did not name the victims identified and said the coroner would meet with the victims’ families.

Officials are also investigating whether human remains washed up at the Dungeness Spit near Sequim, Washington, about two weeks after the accident belonged to the seventh victim. According to the Clams County deputy coroner, Nathan Millett, the autopsy was delayed because the remains had to be transferred from Clams County to a forensic pathologist in Thurston County.

Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Thursday that nearly 80% of the plane, including the engine, had been recovered using remotely operated vessels. Using a Navy barge anchored near the crash site, the crew began recovery efforts on Tuesday.

The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter was on its way from Friday Harbor to the Seattle suburb of Renton on September 4 before falling overboard. Officials have said that it could take up to two years to ascertain the probable cause of the accident.

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