Victims of Puget Sound floatplane crash included activist, winemaker


WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — A civil rights activist from Spokane, Washington, a business owner and the founder of a winery and his family were among the 10 people killed when a floatplane crashed in the waters of Puget Sound.

The U.S. Coast Guard released the names of the crash victims early Tuesday.

The body of one of the dead was recovered by a good Samaritan after Sunday’s crash. The other nine remain missing.

The dead include pilot Jason Winters, activist Sandy Williams, winemaker Ross Andrew Mickel, his pregnant wife Lauren Hilty and their child Remy Mickel. Also killed were passengers Joanne Mera, Patricia Hicks, Luke Ludwig, Rebecca Ludwig and Gabrielle Hanna.

Mickel was founder of Woodinville-based Ross Andrew Winery.

Sandy Williams was a lecturer, filmmaker and editor of The Black Lens, an African American-focused newspaper.

The plane went down off Whidbey Island. The NTSB is investigating.


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