About 1:30 p.m. Monday, divers working with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of 63-year-old Irene Mustain.

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A dive team has recovered the body of a local woman killed when a plane crashed last week into the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, divers working with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of 63-year-old Irene Mustain.

Divers discovered the bodies of Mustain and private pilot John McKibbin, a former Washington legislator, on Friday in some of the wreckage. Divers were able to recover McKibbin immediately but had to return Monday to free Mustain.

The two were in McKibbin’s personal aircraft, a 1941 North American AT-6A military trainer, when it crashed for unknown reasons about 4 p.m. Wednesday. They had taken off from Pearson Field in Vancouver on a mission to scatter the ashes of Mustain’s late husband on what would have been his birthday.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said salvage crews have arrived in town and work to recover pieces of the plane will likely begin today.

The plane has broken into many pieces, according to sonar scans of the area, and the wreckage lies in 13 to 20 feet of water near the shipping channel.

McKibbin, 69, was one of Clark County’s best-known and respected citizens. The Washington Legislature is expected to hold a remembrance Tuesday morning in the Senate chambers for him.

McKibbin, a Democrat, served two terms in the state House.