2 Killed When Small Plane Crashed into Lake Michigan

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013  |  Updated 2:54 PM CDT
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Two people were found dead after a small plane went down in Lake Michigan Saturday, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a plane crash in Lake Michigan around 3 p.m. Saturday roughly three miles from the coast near Cudahy, Wis.

Milwaukee Fire Department divers recovered the bodies of two people in the plane underwater, but the Coast Guard did not release their identities.

Just before 4 p.m., air traffic controllers at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee reported they had lost a single engine Piper aircraft off radar about three miles northeast of the airport and had lost all communication.

Duty Officer Michael Day said the plane, described as a single engine 1975 Pipe Cherokee, took off from Racine's Batten International Airport. Where the plane was headed is not yet known.

The cause of the crash also remains unknown.

Officials continued searching into the night Saturday for more bodies after the four-person aircraft went down, but said Sunday the search was discontinued when they learned no other passengers were on board.

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