Search continues for missing plane in Lake Michigan

Photo Courtesy Benzie County Sheriff's Office

FRANKFORT, Mich. (WLUC/WPBN/WGTU) - A search is underway for an airplane, believed to have gone down in Lake Michigan off downstate Frankfort. An Ontonagon County official confirms the plane started its flight at the Ontonagon County Airport – Schuster Field.

WPBN-TV reports the plane went down in Benzie County. The sheriff’s department there saying the plane went missing between 8 and 8:30 Sunday evening about four miles west of Frankfort.

The sheriff says two people were on board the single-engine plane. TV6 News has learned one of those individuals, the pilot, was not from Ontonagon. It's not known if the other person is from the U.P.

According to the United States Coast Guard, a report came in from the Minneapolis Center regarding a single-engine Beechcraft 35 Bonanza experiencing engine problems.

The Benzie County Sheriff says the plane involved is registered to Evergreen Exploration.

Records indicate the two people in the plane were flying from Ontonagon to Monroe.

WPBN-TV reports helicopter crews from Air Station Detroit and Air Station Traverse City are helping in the search effort near Frankfort.

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