Pilot identified in Lake Superior plane crash

By KBJR News 1

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The St. Louis County Sheriff's office has identified the pilot of the plane that crashed into Lake Superior on June 7th.

Officials believe Alexander Georg Obersteg, 47, was the owner and only person on board the plane at the time of the accident.

Police believe that Obersteg was departing the Duluth International
Airport en route to Goose Bay, Labrador with an ultimate destination of Steinfeld, Germany.

The official cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Sheriff's department has also released underwater footage of the landing gear, which sits 135 feet underwater at this time.

According to Saint Louis County Rescue Squad Captain Tom Crossman, the plane and the pilot's body were located about a mile or so off shore, in between McQuade Road and Brighton Beach Saturday.

Captain Crossmon said with new technology, retrieval of bodies like this is done in a much more humane fashion.

"Now we are actually flying down there to look at scene down there. If it's a homicide we can see evidence down there and we have a small manipulator we can grab a hold of clothing on that person and hand over hand that person to the surface," said Crossmon.

Planning is currently in the works to recover the remaining
wreckage.

The single-engine airplane crashed in the midst of thick fog Saturday morning about seven nautical miles east of Duluth.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com

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