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Plane Goes Missing Over Lake Michigan

May 13, 2019 - 5:32 pm

(WWJ) The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search of Lake Michigan for a small plane missing following a distress call. 

Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel says two people were on board the six-seater plane that was reported missing around 8 p.m. Sunday, west of Frankfort.

Schendel said it had taken off from Ontanagon, Michigan, and was headed to Monroe. The FAA lost contact with the aircraft as it was over Lake Michigan.

"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," Schendel told WWJ's Beth Fisher.  "It then descended below 1,000 feet, so they lost it on radar."

The U.S. Coast Guard, both Sunday night and Monday, was using boats and helicopters to search for the plane. 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 of its search, late Monday afternoon. 

Other agencies continue to investigate.

The plane is owned by Evergreen Exploration. No names have been released.