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A wrecked plane and the body of its pilot have been raised from the ocean floor nearly a week after it crashed off the Southern California coast, authorities said Friday.

The smashed wreckage of the plane was pulled Thursday from about 180 feet of water off the coast of Campus Point, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said.

The single-engine Cessna 182 Skylane went down Sunday shortly after taking off from Santa Barbara Airport on a flight to Truckee in the Lake Tahoe area.

It went down about two miles from Campus Point, which is located on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.

Also recovered was the body of the pilot, identified as 61-year-old Deborah Nicholson. She was an attorney from the Lake Tahoe area.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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