‘A great man and loving father’: Family describes Cessna pilot killed in Coeur d’Alene plane crash

The family of a man who died in a plane crash over Lake Coeur d’Alene on Sunday is speaking out.  

Family members say Jay Cawley was one of two people flying in the Cessna when it collided with a seaplane, carrying another six people. All eight died in the crash. 

Cawley’s family is describing him as a “great man and loving father.” 

“He was a friend to everyone, very sentimental and the very best pilot,” Cawley’s family said in a statement to 4 News Now. 

“We are shocked and mourning. We appreciate all of the love and prayers we have received from so many.”

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Crews with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office recovered the final victim from the plane crash on Thursday. A portion of the lake remains closed to boaters while they work to remove the rest of the debris from the bottom of the lake.