Coast Guard responding to plane crash near Milwaukee

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard and partner agencies have located and recovered two men deceased at about 6 p.m., Central Daylight Time Saturday after a plane crashed in Lake Michigan earlier in the day.

The men were located and recovered by Milwaukee Fire Department divers. The men were transferred to a Coast Guard Station Milwaukee 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and taken to shore, where they were pronounced deceased by paramedics from the Milwaukee Fire Department.

The plane departed from Racine, Wis., but it is unknown where it was headed. Response agencies remain unsure how many people were aboard the plane. Anyone with details or information is urged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan Command Center at 414-747-7190.

Rescue crews are continuing to search.

Just before 3 p.m., CDT, air traffic controllers at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee reported to search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee that they had lost a single engine Piper aircraft off radar about three miles Northeast of the airport and had lost all radio communications.

Involved in the search are: a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot RB-M from Station Milwaukee; an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan, Ill.; the Milwaukee fireboat Trident; two Milwaukee Police Department marine units; a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources boat; and Milwaukee Fire Department divers.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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