U. S. Coast Guard crews in Ohio were engaged in a desperate search Friday in a small plane that disappeared shortly after take-off — with three adults and three children on board.
The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland late Thursday night and disappeared from radar about two kilometers across Lake Erie. Why remains unclear.
The group on the plane apparently had just left the Cleveland Cavaliers game, officials told Fox 8.
Searchers had found no sign of debris or the people on board of the aircraft as of Friday morning, the agency said. Coast guard official James Cox in Buffalo, N. Y., also said no emergency beacon was detected.
The plane was on the way to Ohio State University Airport is northwest of downtown Columbus. Cox said that the aircraft is kept in a hangar at the airport, but the six people on board are not affiliated with OSU. Their names were not released, pending notification of their families.
The weather caused a boat to search by night, but a U.S. coast guard helicopter and a Canadian air crew was looking for. A ship was also the head of Detroit to help.
The waters in the search area are approximately 50 feet deep, the coastguard said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.