‘Our prayers and thoughts are with the family’: Pilot, several passengers identified in Lake Coeur d’Alene plane collision

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has identified several of the people involved in the plane collision over Lake Coeur d’Alene on Sunday.

The Brooks Seaplane, one of the two planes in the crash, was piloted by 58-year-old Neil Lunt of Liberty Lake. The other passengers identified were 48-year-old Sean Fredrickson, a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old boy.

The two aboard the Cessna plane have been identified, but authorities are still notifying next of kin.

“We’re trying to track down and make sure that there weren’t any other occupants in that plane,” said Lt. Ryan Higgins with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

Three other people have been recovered from the wreckage, but have not yet been identified. The Sheriff’s Office says two more bodies are among the crash, but Sonar and Dive teams have not reached them yet due to the depth and location of the wreckage.

“Our dive team is not capable of going to that depth, so we didn’t deploy any divers but we have an ROV, a remote operated vehicle,” said Higgins.

Higgins said if that doesn’t work, they’ll bring in technical divers to help.

“This is a very tragic incident that happened and we feel for the family. We’re here to support the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family,” Higgins said.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. Additional details leading up to what happened could be available in the coming weeks.

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