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Recovery effort underway after homemade plane crashes in Lake Superior

Plane crash graphic (properly sized)
Plane crash graphic (properly sized)

DULUTH, MN (WTAQ) - A recovery operation begins Monday in Lake Superior, where a body and wreckage from a small homemade plane have been found.  

Authorities said specialized divers are needed to recover the craft and its pilot who apparently went down with the sunken plane.  

Both were first discovered Saturday, when a single-engine Lancair IV with one person aboard disappeared from radar almost as soon as it took from the Duluth International Airport.  

Reports said the pilot flew in from Big Bend Oregon, and had just taken off for Goose Bay in far eastern Canada when the plane vanished.  

First responders from Duluth Minnesota used sonar equipment to locate the aircraft, about 1.2 miles from the shore of Brighton Beach in Duluth. Both the plane and the body were reported to be about 140 feet below the surface of Lake Superior.   

The Superior-Douglas County Dive Rescue Team will join specialized rescuers from Minnesota Monday in the recovery.  

The FAA said the plane was registered to an engineering firm in Wilmington Delaware.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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