Small plane crashes in water off West Seattle; occupants escape

A small plane crashed Monday in Puget Sound off West Seattle. (Photo: KOMO News/Air 4)

SEATTLE - A small plane crashed Monday in Puget Sound off West Seattle, and the occupants were able to escape without injury.

Seattle police said the aircraft crashed offshore near the 6000 block of Beach Drive Southwestin West Seattle.

The occupants, two men, were able to make it safely to shore. No other information was immediately available about the two.

Aerial footage from the scene captured by KOMO's Air 4 showed the plane in shallow water not far from shore with the tip of its tail protruding above the surface of the water.

The Coast Guard, Seattle Fire Department and Seattle police responded to the scene. Emergency crews planned to check the aircraft to make certain no one else was aboard at the time of the crash.

The Seattle-Bremerton ferry Kaleetan was briefly called in to assist after the plane landed, but has since returned to its normal route and is running about 30 minutes late.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Cessna 172. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate

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