After searching for hours, U.S. Coast Guard crews in Ohio found no debris. The small plane vanished shortly after takeoff. Three adults and three small children were on board.
The Cessna Citation 525 was bound for Columbus from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland late Thursday night. It disappeared from radar about two miles over Lake Erie, north of the airport. What happened remains unclear.
Captain Michael Mullen, Coast Guard District 9 Chief of Response, told reporters that crews heard faint signals from an emergency beacon and the search area was 16 nautical miles by 8 nautical miles.
According to Mullen, emergency teams had used night vision goggles before sunrise and he hoped the daylight would help.
The plane was carrying a group who had just left the Cleveland Cavaliers game.
The plane was destined for the Ohio State University Airport northwest of downtown Columbus. The plane was kept at a hanger at the airfield but the six people aboard, apparently from two families, are not affiliated with OSU. No names were released pending notification of relatives.
A boat search was prevented overnight because of weather conditions but a U.S. Coast guard helicopter and a Canadian air crew were searching. A ship from Detroit was headed to help.
The Coast Guard said that waters in the search areas are about 50 feet deep.
Mullen said that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the search.