Eighth Body Recovered From Plane Wreckage, Others Identified
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) _ Divers on Tuesday recovered an eighth body from the wreckage of a World War II plane that plunged into a Northern California lake. The identities of five men killed in Saturday’s crash were released Tuesday.
Killed were pilot Douglas M. Lacey, 40, of San Rafael; Antonin L. Nixon, 18, San Rafael; Richard A. Freitas, 56, Sebastopol; Roy H. Burchell, 58, Petaluma; and John Carta, 44, Santa Rosa, said Lake County Undersheriff Keith Clausen.
The names of the other victims - two men and a woman - will not be released until relatives have been notified, Clausen said.
Investigators continued to pull parts of the Lockheed P2V Harpoon out of the mud and murky shallow water of Clear Lake, where it crashed after intruding on a seaplane air show and giving an ill-fated aerobatics display.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but preliminary evidence indicates a heavy load of fuel and passengers combined with high temperatures may have caused the plane to stall, officials said.