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Rescuer says US pilot missing in China likely dead

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September 19, 2013 11:49 PM EST | AP


BEIJING — Rescuers say a missing U.S. stunt pilot who crashed into a lake in northeast China is likely dead.

Divers continued to search for the body of David Riggs on Friday. Riggs' Chinese translator died in Tuesday's crash outside the city of Shenyang.

The head rescuer, who gave only his surname Zhang, said parts of Riggs' high-performance single-engine Lancair 320 plane had been recovered, including one of its two seats.

Zhang said the plane had been traveling at high speed and it was almost impossible to survive such an accident.

Reports said Riggs had been attempting a stunt in which the wheels of his plane were to skim the surface of the lake.

Riggs was a well-known Hollywood stunt pilot, but reportedly lost his U.S. license twice for unauthorized flying activity.