Local search and rescue, including the U.S. Coast Guard, are now looking for a Cessna Citation 525 aircraft that departed Burke Lakefront Airport at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday evening.
The Coast Guard said weather and high waves prevented a boat search overnight, but a US helicopter and Canadian C-130 plane were being used.
City officials and the Coast Guard have scheduled a press conference later Saturday morning to discuss the recovery efforts.
The Cessna Citation 525 aircraft left Burke Lakefront Airport at 10:57 p.m. heading for Ohio State University in downtown Columbus.
A plane reportedly carrying six people - three adults and three children - vanished last night while flying over Lake Erie. The waters in the searched area are about 50 feet deep, the Coast Guard said.
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Six people are missing after a plane disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday evening.
The plane went missing shortly after leaving Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night. The Coast Guard cutter Kittiwake was also dispatched to the search area. NBC News also reported that those aboard the aircraft were returning from the Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena. We are working closely with the proper authorities conducting the investigation. "It's our aviation family so we take it very seriously and it's affected everybody".
Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group identified those aboard as its president and CEO John T. Fleming, his wife Sue, sons Jack and Andrew and two close friends.
This is a hard day for us, and we appreciate the concern and thoughtfulness extended by so many.