Seattle television stations and The Associated Press were reporting early Thursday evening that a float plane had crashed shortly after taking off from a lake west of Shelton.
The Mason County sheriff’s office confirmed that a plane had crashed into a heavily wooded area and touched off a small forest fire.
Several witnesses told the department that the plane’s engine quit, then it banked left and disappeared. No information was available on the fate of the two men believed to have been on board.
UPDATE: Rescue workers reached the site of the plane crash late Thursday, and after extinguishing the fire burning at the site, discovered two men dead inside the wreckage.