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Pilot of Aug. 5 float plane crash identified

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The pilot of a float plane that crashed in to North Long Lake at about 1 p.m. on Aug. 5 has been identified.

John Spalj, 55, of Deerwood, was not seriously injured in the crash that submerged his float plane, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reported.

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A man who was fishing with family members on the main bay of North Long Lake, but who wished to remain anonymous, said it appeared Spalj had the plane under control while coming in for a landing on the lake before crashing into the lake.

Cause of the crash is still undetermined.

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