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Plane crash kills pilot on Banks Lake

Plane crash kills pilot on Banks Lake

Grant County - The pilot of a float plane who was killed when his aircraft failed to take off and nosed over into Banks Lake Saturday, has been identified as 60-year-old Kenneth Baker.

Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff's Office said Baker was a very experienced pilot.

"He had flown over with his wife to do some recreation this weekend and was staying in Steamboat Rock State Park," said Foreman.

Around five in the evening Berger was taking off in his SeaRey two person amphibious plane.

According to Northwest Flight School, it is referred to as an experimental plane. Berger bought the kit and built it himself.

"He was attempting to take off from the water and he was gaining speed in order to get the lift he needed to get off the water," said Foreman. 

Officials say people who were boating nearby, dove into the water and  cut the pilot out of the plane. However, he had been under water for approximately six to seven minutes and had died before they were able to reach him. The aircraft sank into the lake within 20 minutes. The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the mishap, according to witnesses.

The FAA was out investigating the crash on Sunday.