The pilot has been identified as William P. Shaver. His body was recovered from the water at 12:18 p.m. (CDT) by members of the Cherokee County Rescue Squad.
According to information released by Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver:
Emergency crews were called to the scene of a plane crash near Riverside Campground in the Cedar Bluff area. The crash was reported to Cherokee County 911 at approximately 9:50 a.m. (CDT) Saturday.
Initial reports indicate a single-engine sea plane was attempting to land in a cove, clipped power lines and went down in Weiss Lake.
Rescue efforts were initially stalled because of the dangerous situation created by the downed power lines.
Tennessee Valley Authority terminated power to the lines to allow emergency crews to safely access the scene of the crash. Divers removed the body of the pilot from the submerged plane a short time later. There were believed to be no passengers.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were called to the scene.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County, Piedmont, and Fisher Rescue Squads, Cherokee Emergency Medical Services, Cherokee County Emergency Management Association, Alabama Marine Police, and the Alabama State Trooper Aviation Unit responded to the scene and are assisting in recovery efforts.