David E. Sorenson Death –The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office have identified the last of eight victims of the July 5 plane crash over Lake Coeur d’Alene as 57-year-old David E. Sorenson, of Clayton, California.
Sorenson was a passenger on the de Havilland seaplane that collided with a Cessna TU206G on June 5, killing all eight occupants of the two planes, says the officials.
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Other victims of the plane crash Sorenson boarded includes; Sean Fredrickson, 48, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, his three children, Hayden, Sofie and Quinn, and pilot Neil Lunt, 58.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Sorenson was not related to the other passengers.
The seaplane was operated by Brooks Seaplanes, a Coeur d’Alene company.
The Brooks Seaplanes pinned down some words via Facebook on Thursday, confirming their involvement in the crash and also remembering Pilot Lunt.
“Our family lost a great man, a father, a husband, an all round family man and a friend to everyone he came into contact with. We will miss him greatly.,” says the statement.
The two occupants of the Cessna plane was also officially identified as, Jay Cawley, 67, and Kelly Kreeger, 61.
Cawley was a longtime pilot and resident of Lewiston, Idaho, while Kreeger was from Rocklin, California.
Although family and friends had previously confirmed Kreeger and Cawley to be involved in the crash, but the sheriff’s office did not officially make that release until Monday pending approval from the coroner’s office.
As of Thursday, all eight victims have been found from the crash site on the lake floor, says the sheriff’s office.
According to the official press release, the rest of the investigation which includes determining the cause of the crash will be handled by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The NTSB spokesperson, Terry Williams spoke on Monday that it will be at least a year before final determination of the cause can be made.
However, a prelim cause could be released once the investigation gets a bit unfolded.
According to Williams, most of the wreckage of the two planes have now been salvaged from the lake floor and has been transported to a secure location for investigation by NTSB.