GRAND COULEE (AP) — The Grant County sheriff’s office says a float-plane pilot died Saturday evening when he crashed on Banks Lake near Steamboat Rock State Park.
KPQ radio reports 60-year-old Kenneth A. Berger, 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.