Searchers have located a small fixed wing aircraft that disappeared from air traffic controller contact last night on the Dabob Peninsula of Jefferson County.
Four occupants have been located in the wreckage but there were no survivors.
The plane, a single-engine Cessna, departed Seattle’s Boeing Field just after 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, bound for Port Angeles. Air traffic control lost contact with the plane at 6:44 p.m. in the general area of Dabob Bay. Emergency locator signals were used to define the search area.
Using radar forensics data and the plane’s emergency locator transmitter, search crews were able to find the aircraft in a heavily wooded ravine this morning (Dec. 30).
Names will not be released until they have been positively identified and their families have been notified.
As of midmorning, search crews are still working through the difficult scene to recover the victims.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will arrive on scene Saturday, Dec. 31, to examine the aircraft.
Participants in the mission are from Jefferson County Search & Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, WSDOT, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Navy, Washington Emergency Management Division, Quilcene Fire District 2 and Port Ludlow Fire District 3.