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Pilot killed in Lake Superior crash was from Germany

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DULUTH -- The pilot who died when his airplane crashed into Lake Superior on Saturday has been identified as Alexander Georg Obersteg, 47, of Steinfeld, Germany.

A St. Louis County medical examiner’s report found that Obersteg died of injuries suffered in the crash and not as a result of a medical emergency prior to impact.

Obersteg is believed to have been the only occupant of the plane, which went down 1.2 miles off Brighton Beach on Saturday morning, according to a report from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. He had taken off from Duluth International Airport and is believed to have been headed to Goose Bay, Labrador, en route to the ultimate destination of his hometown in Germany.

The cause of the crash remains undetermined, and the Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate. Obersteg was flying a Lancair IV, a single-engine kit-built airplane.

The plane’s wreckage, which came to rest in about 137 feet of water, has yet to be recovered, but authorities are laying plans to retrieve the craft.

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