4 dead in plane crash; wreckage found with no survivors near Quilcene

QUILCENE, Wash. -- Authorities say four people died in a small plane crash Thursday night in Jefferson County. There were no survivors.

The wreckage was found Friday morning using radar forensics data and the plane's emergency location transmitter, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

One neighbor who lives near the crash site said she is used to hearing planes fly by all the time, but on Thursday night, one caught her attention.

“I remember watching TV and heard a plane that sounded low, this one sounded lower than normal. I looked out the window but didn’t see anything and after that I didn’t hear anything,” said Donna Prater who lives in the area.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Officials said more information would be released at a later time by law enforcement or the medical examiner's office.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna, left Boeing Field in Seattle around 6 p.m. Thursday headed for Port Angeles. The plane lost contact with air traffic control at 6:44 p.m. in the Dabob Bay area, east of Quilcene.

The Federal Aviation Administration then contacted WSDOT which is the agency in charge of all aerial search and rescues in the state.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted a ground search. A U.S. Navy helicopter was searching overnight until it was called off because of poor visibility.

A civil air patrol plane was also scheduled to join the search Friday morning.