Monroe pilot dies when plane crashes into Banks Lake

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by KREM.com and KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 5:04 PM

GRANT COUNTY, Wash.-- Grant County officials said the pilot of a small float that crashed into Banks Lake Saturday evening died.

Pilot Kenneth A. Berger, 60, of Monroe, was the only occupant of the plane that crashed near Steamboat Rock State Park, according to officials.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office said there were multiple witnesses to the plane crash. Witnesses said the nose of the plane tipped forward and into the water and sank as it was getting ready for take-off.

Officials said nearby boaters dove into the lake, unbuckled Berger's seatbelt, and brought him to an ambulance waiting on shore. Officials pronounced Berger dead a short time later. 

The Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation.

 

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