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Pilot killed in Lake Superior plane crash identified

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

DULUTH, MN (WTAQ) - A pilot killed when his single-engine plane crashed at Duluth-Superior was identified Wednesday as 47-year-old Alexander Obersteg of Steinfeld Germany.

The medical examiner in Duluth said Obersteg died from injuries he received in the crash -- and he did not have a medical problem beforehand.

Officials said Obersteg's kit-built Lancair-IV crashed into Lake Superior, about a mile-and-a-quarter east of a Duluth beach. It happened last Saturday, soon after the craft took off from the Duluth International Airport.

Obersteg's body was recovered on Monday about 140 feet below the surface of Lake Superior. Crews could not pull up the wreckage. They'll try again next week.

Obersteg was heading to Goose Bay in far eastern Canada when the crash occurred. Officials believe he was ultimately trying to get to Germany.  

The FAA continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

(Story courtesy of Minnesota News Network)

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