Saturday, June 7, 2014

Report of plane crash in Lake Superior

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a report of a downed single-engine aircraft with one person aboard, northeast of Duluth, Minn., in Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.

The name and hometown of the person is not being released at this time, the Coast Guard said in a press statement.

Coast Guard units received a report from personnel at the Duluth International Airport tower of a single engine white and maroon airplane spiraling down with a loss of communications approximately seven nautical miles east of Duluth.

A 45-foot Coast Guard response boat was launched from Duluth along with a Dolphin helicopter from Traverse City to search the area.

“Responders from local agencies have located a debris field approximately 250 yards in length which included the pilots log book and jet fuel,” Coast Guard officials said Saturday.

The Duluth Fire Department plans to deploy a remotely operated vehicle to assist in the search.

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