- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

WISHEK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified three people who died after a small plane being flown by a 20-year-old crashed into a lake in North Dakota.

McIntosh County Sheriff Laurie Spitzer said Friday that 20-year-old Colbie Fandrich was flying the four seat plane with his aunt and her son as passengers when it crashed into May Lake near the town of Wishek.

Authorities have said complications during takeoff from Wishek’s airport resulted in the Thursday afternoon crash, which Spitzer says also killed 38-year-old Christine Fandrich of Bismarck and her 10-year-old son, Aaron Nordstrom.

They were en route to Bismarck. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The sheriff says Colbie Fandrich had had his private pilot’s license for about a year. She says that officials were removing the plane from the lake Friday.

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