No debris yet found in search for missing Ohio plane

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UPDATE:

9 A.M. — The U.S. Coast Guard says three children and three adults were on the plane that went missing overnight shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the Lake Erie shore.

Coast Guard officials say crews searching the water had found no sign of debris or the passengers as of Friday morning, and no emergency beacon was detected.

The agency says the Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday and disappeared from radar about 2 miles over the lake. Why remains unclear.

A Coast Guard public affairs officer said he couldn’t immediately confirm whether the passengers were related.

Weather prevented a boat search overnight, but aircraft were being used and a ship was headed from Detroit to help. Waters in the area are about 50 feet deep.

6:45 A.M. — The U.S. Coast Guard says there’s been no sign of debris or those aboard a plane that took off from a small Ohio airport on the shores of Lake Erie and went missing overnight.

Coast Guard official James Cox in Buffalo, New York, says the search continues Friday for the Cessna Citation 525 that went missing after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, headed for an Ohio State University airfield. He says no emergency beacon has been detected, either.

Cox says the plane is kept at a hangar at the airfield, but the six people aboard the aircraft aren’t affiliated with OSU. Their names weren’t released, pending notification of their families.

Weather prevented a search by boat overnight. A helicopter was used.

Another helicopter and a ship from Detroit plus a C-130 from Canada are headed Friday to the search site.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

CLEVELAND (WCMH) – The U.S. Coast Guard and other local search and rescue teams are searching for a missing plane in the Cleveland area.

The plane, a Cessna Citation 525, left Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland at 10:50 p.m. Thursday night.

The FAA says the aircraft was en route to Ohio State University when it stopped appearing on the radar. The plane carries a maximum of 11 people, but six people are believed to be on board, including the pilot.

According to the Coast Guard, aircraft from Detroit and Canada are on scene. Another unit from Detroit is on the way.

The Coast Guard says 12-14 foot waves and 30-35 mph winds along with occasional flurries are making the search difficult.

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