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Friday December 30th, 2016

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Last updated: Friday December 30th, 3:10pm

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews are searching Lake Erie for six people aboard a Cessna Citation 525, after it disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff, Thursday evening, at Burke Lakefront Airport.

Officials say that around 11:30pm Thursday, the Coast Guard was notified by air traffic control that a Cessna Citation 525 with six people aboard headed to Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, had disappeared shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport approximately 2 miles into Lake Erie.

The cause of the disappearance is unknown.

Currently searching is an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, aboard a Dolphin helicopter, and an aircrew from 424 Search and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario, aboard a CC-130 fixed-wing airplane.

A crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, is also on scene and assisting in the search.

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