Lake Erie Search for Missing Plane Yields No Clues

Coast Guard says this is now a recovery effort
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Lake Erie Search for Missing Plane Yields No Clues
Capt. Michael Mullen of the US Coast Guard answers questions during a news conference at Burke Lakefront Airport, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Cleveland.   (Tony Dejak)

The disappointing search for a small plane that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland's shores carrying six people has turned into a recovery effort. The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for the plane that vanished shortly after takeoff Thursday night from the city's lakeshore airport, the AP reports. The Coast Guard said Friday it would step aside to allow Cleveland to begin recovery efforts.Coast Guard official Michael Mullen offered his condolences to the family and friends of those who lost loved ones. John T. Fleming, chief executive of a Columbus-based beverage distribution company, was piloting the plane. His wife, their two teenage sons, and two neighbors were aboard. (More missing plane stories.)

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