The Associated Press
UPDATE, 9:05 a.m. | Officials have not yet officially identified the pilot lost when a small plane crashed Monday in Hood Canal.
The Coast Guard says it has notified the pilot’s family, but it is not releasing his name.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the only missing aircraft in the area is an RV7. That’s a homemade single-engine two-seater.
FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says it’s missing from the Tacoma Narrows airport. It was on a visual flight rules flight, so no flight plan.
The plane is registered to a Fox Island, Washington, man.
UPDATED, Tuesday, 6:05 a.m. | The Coast Guard suspended its efforts Monday night to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington’s Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.
Airplane debris was found floating on the water Monday afternoon after several 911 callers reported seeing a light plane that appeared to be in distress and one person reported seeing a plane hit the water.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross said late Monday night that items recovered by searchers, including a driver’s license, allow investigators to identify the male pilot and notify relatives. She said the pilot was believed to be the only person aboard.
Kitsap County sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Dickinson says the water in the area is about 500 to 600 feet deep.
He says the debris field was spotted in a cove near the town of Seabeck, which is on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle.
Hood Canal is a narrow waterway in Puget Sound.