A missing plane was found Friday morning in the Hood Canal area with all four of its occupants dead, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.
The private plane was reported missing Thursday night. It was located Friday in a heavily wooded ravine near Dabob Bay in Jefferson County.
“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,” the Washington State Department of Transportation said in a statement.
The names of the victims are being withheld pending official identification and notification of family.
WSDOT coordinated the search north of Brinnon.
The plane, a single-engine Cessna, left Seattle’s Boeing Field just after 6 p.m. Thursday on a flight to Port Angeles, according to WSDOT.
Air traffic control lost contact with the plane about 6:44 p.m. east of Quilcene, WSDOT said. The Federal Aviation Administration then contacted WSDOT, which coordinates all aerial search and rescue within Washington.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies conducted a ground search.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will arrive at the crash site Saturday morning to examine the aircraft, according to WSDOT.