The pilot of a float plane was killed when his aircraft failed to take off and nosed over into Banks Lake Saturday.
According to witnesses at the scene, the aircraft was a float plane attempting to take off from Banks Lake but never gained altitude and nosed over into the water.
Witnesses report that some individuals at the scene cut the pilot out of the plane, but he had been underwater for approximately six to seven minutes and had died before they were able to reach him. The aircraft sank into the lake within 20 minutes.
The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the mishap, according to witnesses.
Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Office along with local police from the Grand Coulee Dam area are on the scene.