A woman who survived the crash remained at Harborview Medical Center. But in the search for the man and the plane, no pollution or debris have been found.
The Coast Guard suspended a search Monday for a 70-year old man who was in a two-seater plane that crashed Sunday evening off Bainbridge Island.
The Coast Guard, assisted by several other local agencies and good Samaritans in their own boats, could not find the plane or the man. The search was called off shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, and could resume if additional information is found, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
The woman who was with the man in the 1974 fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna was in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center. She was found bleeding in the water Sunday evening by good Samaritans.
The Coast Guard reported the plane crashed into the water near Eagle Harbor, on the island’s eastern shore, around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and sank in water about 100 feet deep. People in a nearby boat saw the crash and called the authorities, then found and rescued the woman. A frantic search then ensued to find the other victim.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
A Coast Guard aircrew searched until sunset Sunday, and boat crews continued to search during the night. Seattle Harbor Patrol, North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Bainbridge Police Department, private boats and other agencies searched the area from the Eagle Harbor entrance to southern Bainbridge Island. Crews also searched from Blakely Harbor to Restoration Point.
The rescue agencies did not find any pollution or debris, and weather conditions were clear with 1-foot-high seas.