Small plane missing over Lake Michigan; 2 aboard

Michigan
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews had no success Monday finding a plane that went missing over Lake Michigan Sunday night.

The single-engine plane went missing between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. west of Frankfort, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office told Traverse City TV station WPBN.

Two men were on board the plane, which was registred to Evergreen Exploration out of Howell. They were bound from Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula to Monroe. Authorities told WPBN the plane stalled and wouldn’t restart, so air traffic control in Minneapolis directed the pilot to land in Frankfort.

WPBN reports that the plane went off radar about 4.5 miles out on Lake Michigan.

“If it did crash in the lake and it submerged … four miles out, it’s 600 feet deep, so it’ll be almost impossible to find it,” Sheriff Ted Schendel told WPBN.

The sheriff added that unless something came up, Monday could be the last day of searching.

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