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Pilot's body recovered after weekend crash into Lake Superior

DULUTH, MN (WTAQ) - The body of a pilot was recovered Monday from Lake Superior, after a homemade single engine plane went down Saturday near Duluth.  

Wisconsin rescuers from Superior and Douglas County were among the 14 who took part in the day-long recovery effort.

An FAA investigator was there, waiting for the plane's wreckage to be pulled out. Divers tried, but they later focused on getting the victim out of the water.

St. Louis County rescue squad captain Tom Crossmon said crews won't try to recover the wreckage until next week. It remains about 140 feet below the surface of Lake Superior, about a mile-and-a-quarter east of Brighton Beach in Duluth.

The plane went down shortly after takeoff from the Duluth International Airport. Officials said the pilot flew in from Oregon, and was heading to far eastern Canada.

Investigators say the pilot's name could be released Tuesday, once relatives are notified.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)