The body of a pilot who died in a plane crash just north of the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan border has been recovered, police say.

"With the assistance of the airline company personnel, RCMP divers located and removed the pilot’s remains from the submerged aircraft," said Cpl. Barry Ledoux, with the Yellowknife RCMP in a press release.

The pilot's body will be taken to Stony Rapids, where the Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy.

The Transwest Air float plane left Scott Lake, Sask. at 7 p.m. CST on Aug. 22 and was reported overdue by the airline at about 1 a.m.

On Aug. 23 police were notified at about 5 a.m. that a plane crash had occurred in the Fort Smith area.

The plane was found partially submerged in Ivanhoe Lake, about 80 kilometers northwest of Stony Rapids, Sask, on the Northwest Territories side of the border.

Capt. Jordan Woodman, the public affairs officer for 17 Wing Winnipeg of the Canadian Forces, said in an earlier interview the plane was broken into two parts.

"It was torn apart, partially submerged," Woodman said. "Only a part of it was sticking out of the water. It was a violent crash."

The pilot was the only person on the plane. His name has not been released.