Megan Hilty’s sister, brother-in-law and nephew among victims in fatal floatplane crash

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Megan Hilty attends the L.A. premiere of “Mira, Royal Detective” in 2020.
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“Smash” actor and Broadway star Megan Hilty is mourning the loss of family members, including her pregnant sister, who were passengers in a fatal floatplane crash in Washington state.

On Tuesday, the United States Coast Guard released the names of all the passengers and the crew who were aboard a floatplane that crashed in Puget Sound on Sunday. Hilty’s sister Lauren Hilty, brother-in-law Ross Mickel and nephew Remy Mickel — who is listed as a minor — were among the 10 victims.

For the record:

5:38 p.m. Sept. 8, 2022A previous version of this story said Remy Mickel was Megan Hilty’s niece. Mickel was Hilty’s nephew.

Only one body was recovered from the water Sunday and was transferred to a local coroner, but has not yet been positively identified, the USCG said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the incident.

A civil rights activist, a business owner, a lawyer, an engineer 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.

Sept. 6, 2022

“The Coast Guard offers its deepest sympathies to those who lost a loved one in this tragedy,” said USCG Cmdr. Xochitl Castañeda. The United States Coast Guard Pacific Northwest announced Monday that it “has suspended its active search for the remaining nine missing individuals.”


“We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy, Luca,” the Mickel and Hilty families said in a statement.

“Our collective 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 plane was flying from Friday Harbor, a tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Renton when it crashed. One body has been found.

Sept. 5, 2022

Hilty, a Tony-nominated Broadway star also known for her role as Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical TV series “Smash,” has not yet publicly addressed the death of her family members.

The actor’s representatives did not respond to The Times’ request for comment Tuesday.