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

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report around 11:30 p.m. from air traffic control at Burke Lakefront Airport after they lost connection with the plane.

The U.S Coast Guard tells News 5 that the Cessna Citation 525 went missing just 2 miles north of downtown Cleveland.

Airport officials said three adults and three children were on board; however, the Coast Guard reported the plan had four adults and two children listed.

The pilot and passengers had attended the Cavaliers game Thursday evening, according to airport officials.

The plane is owned by Maverick Air LLC based in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the plane is registered to John T. Fleming, CEO at Superior Beverage Group in Columbus. Fleming is a Dublin resident, was flying the plane with his wife, Suzanne, his two teenage sons, a neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter, as passengers, the newspaper reported, citing Fleming’s father, John W. Fleming.

In a late morning press conference, U.S. Coast Guard officials said there has not been any sign of plane wreckage in the water.

The plane was headed to Ohio State University Airport in Columbus.

According to the FAA registry, the plane was owned by a company called  Maverick Air LLC out of Columbus.

The Associated Press reports the plane is kept at a hangar at the Ohio State airfield but the six people aboard the aircraft aren’t affiliated with OSU.

A C-130 from the Royal Canadian Air Force along with a U.S Coast Guard helicopter from Detroit are searching the area just north of downtown Cleveland for any signs of the plane.

According to the Coast Guard, this is still a rescue mission.

A 144-foot icebreaker from Detroit has also been dispatched to help with the search.

Weather in the area is reported as seas from 12-15 feet with winds around 30 knots.  The depth of water in the search area is around 50 feet.

The U.S. Coast Guard held a press conference regarding the missing plane.



The US Coast Guard was searching Lake Erie Friday for a small plane carrying six people who had attended a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game before flying out of the city late Thursday.

Three adults and three children were on board the aircraft, CNN affiliate WEWS reported. Their identities were not immediately known.
The twin-engine Cessna Citation 525 was headed for Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, when it disappeared from radar, a Coast Guard statement said.

“The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from air station Detroit and has partnered with the Canadian Coast Guard who sent a C-130 plane down to assist in the search,” the statement said.
Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is also on its way from Detroit to help, the Coast Guard said.
The search operation was being made “very difficult” by 12- to 15-foot waves on Lake Erie, the Coast Guard said.
Air traffic control reported to the Coast Guard at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday that the plane had just taken off from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland and “dropped off radar about two miles when it was over Lake Erie,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw told CNN.
The missing Cessna has room for up to 11 people, but the plane’s flight plan indicates it had six people on board, Yaw said.
Ohio State University Airport, where the plane was headed, is certified for commercial service and serves as a research and teaching facility. The airport is owned and operated by the Ohio State College of Engineering, according to its website

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