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Cass County search crews began returning to a Lower Ten Mile Lake public access Friday morning after successfully recovering the body of a helicopter pilot. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

UPDATED: Helicopter pilot identified as John Zacher

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A well-known regional developer and businessman has been identified as the victim of a helicopter crash in Ten Mile Lake.

Pilot John Zacher 56, of Hackensack, died when his craft went down about 7 p.m. on the east side of the lake in Cass County.


His wife, Vicki, 55, managed to swim to shore and was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia.

The FAA will be investigating the incident.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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