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2 victims of southeast metro plane crash identified; body of 3rd victim recovered

The plane was last seen on radar Sunday before it crashed.
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Grey Cloud Island

Two of the three people who were registered occupants of a small plane that crashed in the southeast Twin Cities metro area on Sept. 13 have been identified, while the body of the third victim was recovered Thursday night. 

Dive teams recovered two bodies on Tuesday, searching in deep, murky conditions of a water-filled quarry at Grey Cloud Island, near St. Paul Park. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the recovered victims as Larry Schlichting, 60, of Eagan, and 24-year-old Lucas Knight, of North Mankato. 

The third occupant has not been identified. 

The small Cessna aircraft went down Sunday, having departed from Fleming Field Municipal Airport in South St. Paul on Saturday afternoon. The flight plan had the plane landing at Fleming Field Airport on Sunday night, but communication was lost shortly after the plane was seen on radar near Red Wing, officials told KSTP.

Crews believed the plane crashed into the quarry, located south of St. Paul Park near the Mississippi River, Sunday evening. They searched the quarry with boats and lights, ultimately finding partial wreckage.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation. 

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