Smash actress Megan Hilty’s family died in Seattle plane crash 

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Smash actress Megan Hilty’s pregnant sister, brother-in-law and their child among 10 killed in seaplane crash on Mutiny Bay near Seattle: Coast Guard has ended search for nine missing bodies

  • Megan Hilty’s sister Lauren Hilty, her significant other Ross Mickel, and their child Remy were among the 10 who died in a plane crash on Puget Sound 
  • Lauren was reportedly pregnant with a boy, who was going to be named Luca
  • It is currently unknown what caused the crash and only one body has been recovered 
  • A beachgoer recalled seeing the plane ‘going nose-first’ into the water and causing a ‘big splash’ before an ‘explosion sound’ went off 

Smash actress Megan Hilty’s family died in a Seattle plane crash on Sunday. 

Hilty’s sister Lauren Hilty, her significant other Ross Mickel, and their child Remy were among the 10 who died in a plane crash on Puget Sound near Whidbey Island. 

Lauren was reportedly pregnant with a baby boy, who was going to be named Luca, according to TMZ

It is currently unknown what caused the crash and only one body has been recovered. 

The US Coast Guard has called off the search for the missing bodies.  

A beachgoer recalled seeing the plane ‘going nose-first’ into the water and causing a ‘big splash’ before an ‘explosion sound’ went off. 

Megan Hilty’s sister Lauren Hilty (pictured in back row with Megan), her significant other Ross Mickel, and their child Remy were among the 10 who died in a plane crash on Puget Sound

Mickel (pictured with his daughter Lyla) died. He owned a winery business

Mickel (pictured with his daughter Lyla) died. He owned a winery business 

A plane (pictured) carrying 10 people crashed on Puget Sound near Whidbey Island - near Seattle - on Sunday, killing everyone onboard

A plane (pictured) carrying 10 people crashed on Puget Sound near Whidbey Island – near Seattle – on Sunday, killing everyone onboard 

Locals became climbing into their boats to assist the wreckage on Sunday until the US Coast Guard showed up, according to King 5

‘It was probably 40 minutes [before they arrived], a beachgoer told King 5. ‘They instructed us what to do [while they came]. Look for survivors and grab what we could, essentially, look for survivors.’ 

By the time the unidentified beachgoers arrived on scene, which was about a mile out, ‘everything had already sank.’ 

Only one body has been recovered and the cause of the crash is currently unknown

Only one body has been recovered and the cause of the crash is currently unknown 

Among the dead are Smash actress Megan Hilty's sister Lauren Hilty, her significant other Ross Mickel, and their child Remy. Lauren was reportedly pregnant

Among the dead are Smash actress Megan Hilty’s sister Lauren Hilty, her significant other Ross Mickel, and their child Remy. Lauren was reportedly pregnant 

‘It was too late,’ he told the outlet. 

The beachgoers assisting the wreckage didn’t find much, besides a logbook, a few shoes, floating pieces of the plane, and the body of one of the females onboard. 

‘There was nothing intact,’ the man told King 5.  

Mickel owned a wine business called Ross Andrew Wineries and had been since 1999. 

His family, who spoke to King 5, said in a statement: ‘We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy, Luca. Our collective grief is unimaginable.

Hilty (pictured together) has not publicly addressed her sister's passing

Hilty (pictured together) has not publicly addressed her sister’s passing 

Lauren was reportedly pregnant with her second child Luca when the plane crashed

Lauren was reportedly pregnant with her second child Luca when the plane crashed 

Mickel's family said they are 'deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss' and that their 'grief is unimaginable'

Mickel’s family said they are ‘deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss’ and that their ‘grief is unimaginable’ 

‘They were a bright and shining light in the lives of everyone who knew them. Although their time with us was too short, we will carry their legacy forward.’ 

The Washington State Wine Commission also released a statement, writing: ‘We are deeply saddened by the news about Ross Mickel and his family. Ross had an incredible impact on the Washington wine community and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones as they navigate this extraordinarily difficult time.’  

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