Coast Guard searching for passengers from small aircraft crash in Lake Michigan

CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard search crews from multiple units are searching Lake Michigan in the vicinity of Ludington, Mich., today for a small plane that was reportedly carrying five people.  At this time, one person has been rescued by a good Samaritan, while four are reportedly still missing.

The Coast Guard was notified by an air traffic controller who reported losing contact with the aircraft at about 10 a.m., Central Standard Time.

The Cessna 206 aircraft took off from Alma, Mich., heading to Rochester, Minn., but reported having problems to the air traffic controller.  The search is focused in the vicinity of Ludington, where the aircraft dropped off radar.

The Coast Guard dispatched search crews aboard a 25-foot response boat from Station Ludington and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Manistee, Mich.  Also dispatched was an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

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