Investigators discover a “potential safety hazard” with the seaplane’s tail portion after it crashed in Mutiny Bay, Washington, killing 10.

Federal authorities are requesting that the maker of a seaplane that crashed into a bay in Washington state last month require inspections of the tail part of the aircraft, citing a problem that may possibly result in an airplane losing control.

Everyone on board, including a kid, died when a float plane carrying ten passengers crashed into Mutiny Bay near Washington on September 4 in the late afternoon.

After collecting 85% of the debris from the bay, the National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry into the disaster discovered “a probable safety issue with a flight control” on the De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, the agency stated late Monday.

Investigators discovered that the horizontal stabilizer actuator, also known as the trim jack and a component of the aircraft’s pitch trim control system, had split into two parts, the agency said.

They came to the conclusion that those components had not been ripped apart but had instead been unthreaded. The safety board said that the locking ring that holds the two components together was not found by investigators.

The NTSB observed that it was still investigating the crash’s cause and said, “At this point, the NTSB does not know if the lock ring was fitted before the airplane entered the water or why the lock ring was not present during the airplane investigation.”

The manufacturer of the aircraft has been instructed by the board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to create written instructions on how to examine the actuator to make sure that the lock ring is in position and correctly engaged to avoid the separation of the two sections.

According to the investigators, “such instructions will be made public and sent to all operators of the DHC-3 airplane globally in a Service Letter.”

Broadway actress Megan Hilty posted on social media at the time of the disaster that her pregnant sister Lauren Hilty, brother-in-law Ross Mickel, and their little son Remy were on board the aircraft.

Last month, Hilty sent a message on her verified Instagram account that said, “My loving sister Lauren, brother-in-law Ross, and infant nephew Remy were on that plane.” “My sister was eight months pregnant, and we were planning to welcome newborn boy Luca into the world next month, making this news even more sad.”

The transportation board is still looking into the collision in an effort to identify its most likely cause.

In addition to an analysis of aircraft performance, the board promised to evaluate lock ring failure modes and installation procedures.

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