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UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard recovers body of pilot whose plane crashed into Lake SuperiorSubmitted: 06/09/2014
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UPDATE:  U.S. Coast Guard recovers body of pilot whose plane crashed into Lake Superior
DULUTH, MINN - Update: 11:35pm 6/9/14

Divers have recovered the body of a pilot whose small plane crashed into Lake Superior.

St. Louis County Rescue Squad Capt. Tom Crossmon says commercial divers with expertise in deep diving recovered the body Monday evening. The divers were assisted by the Superior-Douglas County, Wisconsin dive team.

However, Crossmon says crews won't go back to try to recover the plane wreckage until early next week.

The single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Duluth International Airport Saturday.

St. Louis County first responders used sonar equipment to locate the plane's wreckage about 140 feet below the water's surface over the weekend. Searchers in boats found a log book in debris about a mile offshore.

The pilot's name has not been released.


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4:55pm 6/7/14

The U.S. Coast Guard says it's searching for any possible survivors of a plane crash in Lake Superior off Duluth.

The Coast Guard station in Duluth says its 45-foot response boat was searching the debris field Saturday afternoon.

Searchers have found the plane's logbook, but poor visibility due to heavy fog has hampered the search.

Duluth Fire Department officials say the initial report came from the Duluth International Airport tower at 11:30 a.m. The tower lost contact with a single-engine white-and-maroon plane with at least one occupant. A witness told fire officials they had heard an impact near Brighton Beach.

The Coast Guard, State Patrol, Duluth Fire Department, Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Rescue Squad are on the scene.

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