Coast Guard, local agencies responding to downed single-engine aircraft in Lake Superior

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a report of a downed single-engine aircraft with one person aboard, northeast of Duluth, Minnesota, in Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a report from personnel at the Duluth International Airport tower of a single engine white and maroon airplane spiraling down with a loss of communications approximately 7 nautical miles east of Duluth.

Sector Sector Sault Ste. Marie issued an urgent marine information broadcast that advises mariners of a situation, asks them to keep a sharp lookout, assist if able and report all sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit. They also directed the launch of a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Duluth aboard a 45-foot response boat.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City aboard a Dolphin helicopter was also requested to launch.

Responders from local agencies have located a debris field approximately 250 yards in length which included the pilots log book and jet fuel.

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the area and pollution responders from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth have been notified.

The Duluth Fire Department plans to deploy a remotely operated vehicle to assist in the search.

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