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Authorities Identify Men On Plane Missing Over Lake Michigan

The two men on the missing plane have been identified

May 15, 2019 - 6:22 pm
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BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. (WWJ) -- The two men aboard a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan over the weekend have been identified.

The Benzie County Sheriff's department tells WWJ that 53-year-old Emanuel Manos of Monroe, Mich., and 65-year-old Randal Dippoid of Perry, Mich., were on the six-seater plane when it took off Sunday night from Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula.

The plane, registered to Evergreen Exploration in Howell, was flying to Monroe on Sunday when it is believed to have crashed over the lake around 8 p.m.

"We received a call from traffic control from Minneapolis stating that they'd received an emergency response from a single-engine aircraft that reported that his engine was locked up and dead," Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel told WWJ on Monday. "It then descended below 1,000 feet, so they lost it on radar."

The U.S. Coast Guard, used both boats and helicopters to search for the plane on Sunday night and Monday. Coast Guard crews from various locations assisted in the air search, while Michigan Department of Natural Resources assisted the search on water.

Officials said over 1,400 square miles were searched, with no debris was found, before the Coast Guard called off its search late Monday afternoon. 

Other agencies continue to investigate.