Pilot of plane that crashed in Lake Superior was from Germany


Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say the pilot who died when his plane crashed into Lake Superior last weekend was from Germany.

The St. Louis County medical examiner reported that pilot, Alexander Georg Obersteg, 47, of Steinfeld, Germany, died of injuries sustained in the crash and not as a result of a medical emergency beforehand, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Items found during the investigation lead officials to believe Obersteg was the only person on board the single-engine airplane, as well as the owner of the craft, according to the Associated Press.

The plane was a Lancair IV, a four-seat, kit-built airplane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration,

Authorities believe Obersteg was leaving the Duluth International Airport on Saturday en route to Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, and from there was planning to fly to Germany. He crashed into the waters of Lake Superior about a mile offshore from Brighton Beach in Duluth.

The cause of the crash still has not been determined, and the FAA is investigating.

Divers recovered Obersteg’s body on Monday. Plans are being made to recover the rest of the plane wreckage, which is sitting about 140 feet below the surface.

The Sheriff's department has also released underwater footage of the wreckage at the bottom of the lake.

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