Dive crews recover pilot's body from Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 11:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Despite wind and fog throughout the day, crews on Lake Superior have recovered the body of a pilot whose plane crashed on Saturday.

Captain Tom Crossman with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad says the pilot's body was entangled in the wreckage of the single-engine plane.

The plane crashed Saturday in the midst of thick fog about seven nautical miles east of Duluth, between McQuade Road and Brighton Beach.

Captain Crossmon says Divers were able to dive down nearly 140 feet and then walk up to the submerged plane.

"And as you'll see, and we're hoping early next week we'll be able to bring the plane up. That was a part of the plan today, and time just didn't allow for it to happen today. So, um, getting the pilot up was the most critical thing we were going to do today, and we accomplished that. So, we're happy about that, but there were some challenges," said Capt. Crossmon.

Right now equipment is set up on and around the plane, including inflatable air bags to make the recovery process next week as smooth as possible.

The pilot, who has not been identified, is believed to have been the only person on the plane.

The FAA is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Billy Wagness
bwagness@Kbjr.com

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