Search for possible plane crash victims called off

LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - The Coast Guard has called off the search for an aircraft that may have crashed into Lake Erie.

The Coast Guard and other agencies were searching the water and shoreline near Vermillion, Ohio, Friday afternoon after receiving a report of a possible plane crash.

Thus far, there has been no wreckage found near the search area, about four nautical miles west of Vermillion, nor any positive confirmation that a plane has crashed.

Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Detroit were contacted at 12:43 p.m. by Erie County 911 dispatch, who received two reports of the potential crash.  The first source reported he was driving on Route 6 and lost sight of a rapidly descending aircraft, unable to locate it.  The second source in the area reportedly saw nothing, but heard two loud bangs.

The Coast Guard began issuing an urgent marine information broadcast at 1:10 p.m. and directed the launched of search and rescue assets.  Currently searching are rescue boat crews aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, and a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio.  The Coast Guard is also searching from the air, with an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Detroit.

A Customs and Border Protection response boat crew assisted with the search, but they have since departed.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Vermillion Police Department, also assisted by conducting shoreline searches via patrol car.