Plane headed to OSU presumed missing over Lake Erie

(Courtesy: WCMH)

CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH/AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching Lake Erie on Friday for a plane that disappeared overnight shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore.

The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday night with three children and three adults aboard and vanished from radar about 2 miles over the lake. Why remains unclear.

One of the people on the plane was Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group President John T. Fleming, his mother confirms to NBC4.

Searchers had found no sign of any debris or the people aboard the plane as of Friday morning, the agency said. Coast Guard official James Cox in Buffalo, New York, also said no emergency beacon had been detected.

Weather prevented a boat search overnight, but a U.S. Coast guard helicopter and a Canadian air crew in a plane were being used. A ship also was headed from Detroit to help with the search.

The waters in the search area are about 50 feet deep, the Coast Guard said, and the 12-14 foot waves and 30-35mph winds along with occasional flurries are making the search difficult.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.