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Body of missing U.S. pilot found

English.news.cn   2013-09-20 15:28:36            

The remains of U.S. stunt pilot David Riggs is found in Caihu Lake at Faku Township of Shenyang City, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 20, 2013. Riggs' plane crashed on Tuesday during a trial flight, killing himself and his Chinese interpreter. His body was recovered after over 70 hours' searching. (Xinhua/Yang Qing)

SHENYANG, Sept.20 (Xinhua)-- The body of the U.S. pilot, missing since Tuesday when his light aircraft crashed into a lake in northeast China's Liaoning Province, was recovered around noon on Friday.

The body of pilot David Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. from Caihu Lake in Faku county of Liaoning's capital city of Shenyang after three days, of continuous searching, according to the headquarters of the "AOPA-China Fly-In 2013" air show.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the Lancier aircraft with Riggs and a Chinese translator onboard crashed into the lake during a trial flight.

The translator was pulled from the water but died later in hospital.

Riggs was an experienced Hollywood aerobatic pilot who had set several speed records worldwide. He came to Shenyang to attend the air show which is scheduled to run from Sept. 20 to 22 in Faku county.

The U.S. team may now be absent from the performance due to the accident. A total of 12 aircraft from Sweden, the United States, France and the Lithuania were due to take part in the event.

The aircraft was assembled at a local airport but had completed three successful trial flights before the accident.

The aircraft, which is too small to be equipped with a black box, belongs to the MACH 1 aerobatic team from the United States.

The CAAC Northeast Regional Administration has set up a work team to investigate the cause of the accident.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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