KPQ radio reports Kenneth A. Berger, 60, of Monroe, was attempting to take off from Banks Lake around 5 p.m. Witnesses say the plane went nose-down in the water and sank.
Nearby boaters dove into the lake, released Berger’s seatbelt and brought him to a waiting ambulance on shore. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
An investigation into the cause of the crash will continue Sunday. The Grant County coroner has scheduled an autopsy and the FAA is investigating.
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