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Pilot Killed In Plane Crash At Banks Lake

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GRANT COUNTY, Wash.- The F.A.A. is investigating a plane crash that happened Saturday at Banks Lake near Steamboat Rock State Park. Officials say the small float plane was trying to take off when it hit a wave and sank.

Authorities have confirmed that 60 year-old Kenneth A. Berger was piloting Searay amphibious plane near Steamboat Rock State Park around 5 p.m. Witnesses said the plane went nose down while attempting to take off and sank in the water. 

Citizens nearby boats dove into the lake and released Berger's seat belt. They then brought him to shore where a waiting ambulance was located. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

The pilot was the only person on board and that person has not been identified. An autopsy is pending.
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