UPDATE: Authorities Reveal Name Of Helicopter Pilot Recovered From Cass County Lake
UPDATE: Authorities have released the name of a helicopter pilot killed when his chopper crashed into Ten Mile Lake in northern Minnesota’s Cass County.
Sheriff Tom Burch identifies the pilot as 56-year-old John Zacher of Hackensack.
Zacher’s body was recovered Friday outside the helicopter about 150 feet from shore, in about 30 feet of water. An autopsy is pending.
A passenger in the helicopter, 55-year-old Vicki Zacher, was able to swim to shore and call 911 Thursday night. She was treated for hypothermia.
The crash remains under investigation by the Cass County sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration.
More news is coming out about a helicopter crashing into a Cass County lake on Thanksgiving. The pilot of that helicopter wasn’t found until around 10:30 Friday morning.
Sheriff Tom Burch said a passenger who had also been in the helicopter called 911 about 7 p.m on Thanksgiving to report that the helicopter had crashed into Ten Mile Lake in Hiram Township Northwest of Lake Mille Lacs. The passenger was able to get to shore, but the pilot and helicopter were still missing all night Thursday night, but and weren’t found until Friday morning.
A tremendous law enforcement effort was needed to find the missing body. Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office Deputies led the search along with Minnesota State Troopers, Walker Police Officers, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers, and officials from several other offices responded.