Body of David Riggs cremated in China

SHENYANG, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — The body of the U.S. pilot who died in a plane crash in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, has been cremated, local authorities said Monday.

The body of David Riggs was cremated at 2 p.m. Sunday. His stunt team colleagues left China to return home on Monday afternoon, said a spokesman with the Faku County Committee of Communist Party of China.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 when a Lancier aircraft with Riggs and a Chinese translator onboard crashed into Caihu Lake in during a test flight.

The translator was pulled from the water but died later in hospital. The body of Riggs was not found until Friday, after 70 hours’ searching.

Riggs was an experienced Hollywood aerobatic pilot who had set several speed records worldwide. He, together with the U.S. air performance team, came to Shenyang to attend an air show on Sept. 20 to 22 in Faku county.

The CAAC Northeast Regional Administration has set up a work team to investigate the cause of the accident.

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