Central Oregon DailyMechanical issue may have caused deadly Washington floatplane crash

Mechanical issue may have caused deadly Washington floatplane crash

Mechanical issue may have caused deadly Washington floatplane crash

Floatplane Crash

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. investigators say a mechanical issue may have caused the seaplane crash that killed 10 people off an island in Washington state last month.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Sept. 4 crash off Whidbey Island.

Officials said Monday that it appeared a critical part that moved the plane’s horizontal tail stabilizer came apart. The investigators said that part might have failed because a clamp nut unthreaded and rotated due to a missing or improperly installed lock ring.

The plane was a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter turboprop operated by Renton-based Friday Harbor Seaplanes.

It crashed into Puget Sound, killing the pilot and all nine passengers. Six bodies have been recovered.

RELATED: FAA issues warning about type of seaplane that crashed

RELATED: Bodies and floatplane parts recovered from Puget Sound

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