U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard search for 6 aboard missing plane off Cleveland

CLEVELAND — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews are searching Lake Erie, Friday, for six people aboard a Cessna Citation 525, after it disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff, Thursday evening, at Burke Lakefront Airport.

The cause of the disappearance is unknown.

At 11:30 p.m., Thursday, the Coast Guard was notified by air traffic control that a Cessna Citation 525 with six people aboard headed to Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, had disappeared shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport approximately 2 miles into Lake Erie.

Currently searching is an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an aircrew from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, aboard a C-130, fixed-wing airplane.

Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is currently on its way from Detroit to assist in the search.

Weather in the area is reported as seas from 12-15 feet with winds around 30 knots.  The depth of water in the search area is around 50 feet.

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