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News Release

December 30, 2016

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes


Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

CORRECTION/UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force search for 6 aboard missing plane off Cleveland

CORRECTION: The Canadian air asset involved in the search for a missing plane is from the Royal Canadian Air Force rather than the Canadian Coast Guard as was previously identified in this morning's original press release. 

CLEVELAND — Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force are searching Lake Erie, Friday, for six people aboard a Cessna Citation 525, after it disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff, Thursday evening, at Burke Lakefront Airport.

The cause of the disappearance is unknown.

At 11:30 p.m., Thursday, the Coast Guard was notified by air traffic control that a Cessna Citation 525 with six people aboard headed to Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, had disappeared shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport approximately 2 miles into Lake Erie.

Currently searching is an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, aboard a Dolphin helicopter, and an aircrew from 424 Search and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario, aboard a CC-130 fixed-wing airplane.

A crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, is also on scene and assisting in the search.

Weather in the area at the time was reported as seas from 12-15 feet with winds around 30 knots. 

Further updates will be released as they become available.

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