US Coast Guard searches for missing plane over Lake Erie
A Cessna Citation 525 that took off late Thursday night from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland has gone missing.
The plane was bound for Ohio State University Airport, where it's kept in a hangar, but no passengers aboard were affiliated with OSU, according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. Coast Guard hasn't found any signs of debris from the plane in its aerial search, and weather conditions prevented them from searching by boat Thursday night. According to CNN, the search operation was up against 12-to-15-foot waves on Lake Erie. Coast Guard Petty Officer II Class Christoper Yaw told CNN that the plane "dropped off radar about two miles when it was over Lake Erie."
Coast Guard official James Cox told reporters that six people – three adults and three children – were on the plane. Their names won't be released until after their families have been notified.
Cox said no emergency beacon from the plane has been detected and that the Coast Guard will continue the search Friday using another helicopter, a ship from Detroit and an aircraft from Canada.
Dec. 30, 2016, 8:50 a.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.