Small plane carrying five people crashes in Lake Michigan

July 24th, 2010 - 12:05 am ICT by BNO News  

LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN (BNO NEWS) — A small plane carrying five people crashed in Lake Michigan on Friday morning, federal and local officials said.

The Cessna 206 aircraft crashed about eight miles (12.8 kilometers) northwest of Ludington, a city in Mason County, shortly after 10 a.m. local time.

An official at Coast Guard Station Ludington said a fishing vessel witnessed the plane crash into Lake Michigan about five miles (eight kilometers) offshore. He said radar contact with the aircraft was lost around the same time.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the Coast Guard said five people were believed to be on board. A good samaritan pulled one of the victims out of the water.

Paramedics were evaluating the survivor after he was brought to shore, according to the Coast Guard. The status of the other four people on board was not immediately known.

Media reports said the plane was a medical transport plane, but officials were not immediately able to confirm that.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the crash.

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