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Body found in plane crash in Lake Superior

  • Associated Press
  • June 8, 2014 - 5:25 PM

DULUTH, Minn. — Authorities have located the body of a pilot whose plane crashed in Lake Superior near Duluth, but they haven't been able to recover it yet because of the depth of the water.

The body was found underwater just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1rYeZuN ).

The water is so deep that rescuers have to hold off on the recovery until they can bring in commercial divers Monday, said Capt. Tom Crossmon with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. The body is 137 feet down and the dive team from the Superior police and fire departments usually only goes down 130 feet, Crossmon said.

Duluth Fire Department officials said the plane lost contact with Duluth International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Searchers in boats found a log book in debris about a mile offshore from Brighton Beach, Assistant Fire Chief Erik Simonson said.

Pieces of the plane were found underwater and other personal belongings were found on the surface, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities don't know why the plane crashed and believe the pilot was the only occupant.

Rescue Squad Capt. Jeff Johnson said dense fog hampered the search Saturday afternoon.

"Things in the water appear different than they actually are so you have to go over and verify what you're actually seeing," he said.

Crossmon said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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