Plane crash into Lake Erie suspected near Cleveland

Courtesy of MGN Online

At the time of the plane's disappearance, winds were around 55 km/h, and the coast guard says waves on the lake were up to 4.5 metres. Mr. Fleming's father, John W. Fleming, told the Columbus paper that John T. Fleming's wife, Suzanne, his two teenage sons, a neighbor and a neighbor's daughter were also on board the plane. He also described his son as "an experienced pilot".

The aircraft is kept at Ohio State University hangar, but the passengers aboard aren't affiliated with the school, a U.S. Coast Guard official told Associated Press.

Authorities have said there were no distress signals from the pilot. So no surprise it turned toward the lake.

He said there was no evidence of an emergency call before communications with the aircraft stopped.

Fleming, 46, is believed to have been piloting the plane, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

They haven't found any debris, as of 11 a.m. Friday, but plan to continue searching. The flight had departed from Burke Lakefront Airport, which is located on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland.

Asked about the chances of survival considering the water temperature and high seas, Mullen said, "It comes down to a person's will to survive".

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard, using helicopters and the cutter Bristol Bay, expanded its search from Bay Village to Mentor-on-the-Lake. They began the search overnight and it continued into the day on Friday. He says it would have been the pilot's responsibility to determine whether it was safe to fly.

The U.S. Coast Guard is now searching for a plane that went missing with six people on board after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night.

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