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Alaska State Troopers identify pilot in fatal Tikchik crash

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:38 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say the pilot killed in a crash on Tikchik Lake was a 71-year-old Dillingham man.

Troopers say Albert Newton "Newt" Ball died in the crash Sunday at the lake 300 miles southwest of Anchorage

His body has not been recovered but efforts to do so were to resume Wednesday. He was the only person on board.

A guide and a client hunter were waiting to be picked up by Ball's air taxi service, Fresh Water Adventures Inc., and witnessed the crash.

The witnesses say the amphibious airplane attempted to land and flipped. The 1944 G-44 Grumman Widgeon sank and the witnesses saw no one escape or in the water afterward.

Troopers located the plane early Tuesday night.

The lake is within Wood-Tikchik State Park.

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