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Cass County search crews began returning to a Lower Ten Mile Lake public access Friday morning after successfully recovering the body of a helicopter pilot. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Pilot identified in fatal helicopter crash

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A well-known regional developer and businessman has been identified as the victim of a helicopter crash in Ten Mile Lake.

Pilot John Zacher 56, of Hackensack, died when his craft went down about 7 p.m. on the east side of the lake in Cass County.

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His wife, Vicki, 55, managed to swim to shore and was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia.

The FAA will be investigating the incident.

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