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Pilot’s body recovered from Lake Superior

DULUTH -- The body of a light aircraft pilot was brought to the surface Monday, after 12 hours spent fighting wind and two dives to the 137-foot deep wreckage.

“Getting the wreckage was secondary to getting the victim,” said Capt. Tom Crossmon of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The rescuers, six of them volunteers, including Crossmon who took a day off work, hoisted the body onto the deck then a gurney as pallbearers would – three to a side.

A single-engine, kit-built Lancair IV, apparently carrying just the pilot, was bound from Duluth to Goose Bay, Labrador, in far eastern Canada. It vanished from radar late Saturday morning soon after taking off from Duluth International Airport. Emergency responders initially found debris on the lake surface offshore from Brighton Beach. Later searches using side-scan sonar and a remotely operated vehicle found wreckage and a body at a depth of 137 feet.

The flight-tracking website reported that the plane that went missing had left Bend, Ore., on Friday, and traveled to Duluth.

The identity of the pilot has not yet been released.

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