All 10 Whidbey Island floatplane crash victims identified

The US Coast Guard identified the pilot and nine passengers aboard the seaplane that crashed into Puget Sound near Whidbey Island on Sunday.

ISLAND COUNTY, Wash. – The United States Coast Guard (USCG) on Tuesday morning released the names of the 10 people who were aboard the seaplane that crashed into Puget Sound near Whidbey Island.

The plane was flying from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Renton Municipal Airport when it crashed on September 4. The plane crashed in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Seattle and about halfway between Friday Harbor and Renton.

There were nine adults and one child on board the plane. A woman’s body was recovered by a good Samaritan on Sunday. The other nine passengers are still missing.

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The USCG stopped searching for the remaining nine passengers on Monday.

According to the Coast Guard, the pilot was Jason Winters.

The Coast Guard said the other nine passengers were Patricia Hicks, Sandra Williams, Lauren Hilty, Remy Mickel, Ross Mickel, Luke Ludwig, Rebecca Ludwig, Joanne Mera and Gabrielle Hanna. The USCG said Remy Mickel was the child on board.

“The Coast Guard extends its deepest condolences to those who have lost a loved one in this tragedy,” said search and rescue mission coordinator Cmdr. Xochitl Castaneda.

The plane that crashed was a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, a single-engine propeller aircraft National Road Safety Committee (NTSB). The aircraft was operated by Friday Harbor Seaplanes, a service of Northwest Seaplanes.

What we know about the victims:

Ross Mickel was a local winemaker and owner of Ross Andrew Wineries. According to their website, Ross Andrew’s wineries began in 1999. Sources spoken to by KING 5 said Lauren Hilty, Remy Mickel and Ross Mickel are family members.

Ross Mickel’s family members released the following statement to KING 5:

“We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated by the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy Luca. Our collective grief is unimaginable. They were a bright and shining light in the lives of everyone who knew them. Although her time with us was too short, we will carry on her legacy. We would like to thank all first responders, emergency services from Whidbey Island, Island County, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) and the private individuals who participated in the search and rescue efforts that followed the crash. The tremendous abundance and support we have received from our friends, family and the public has been overwhelming. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who also lost loved ones on board. At this difficult time, we ask that our privacy be respected as we mourn the loss of our family members.”

The Washington State Wine Commission also released a statement about the family:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Ross Mickel and his family. Ross had an incredible impact on the Washington wine community and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with his loved ones as they navigate this extraordinarily difficult time.”

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Spokane civil rights activist Sandy Williams was among the nine passengers aboard the seaplane.

According to Spokane City Council member Betsy Wilkerson, Williams was on vacation and celebrating her 61st birthday with friends a week earlier before the plane crashed. Wilkerson also said Williams was preparing to return to Spokane to celebrate the reopening of the Carl Maxey Center.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh tweeted a tribute to Williams.

“This weekend our community tragically lost a leader, teacher, activist and voice,” McCulloh wrote.

No cause of the crash is known at this time, but witnesses described it quickly descending into the water, according to the South Whidbey Fire. The NTSB sent a team of seven to investigate the crash.

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

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