Two dead after plane goes down in Lake Michigan

CREATED Jul 27, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Confirmation came Saturday evening from the Milwaukee county medical examiner's office that two people were found dead after a small plane went down in Lake Michigan hours earlier.

According to the Milwaukee fire department, the two people were discovered in the plane underwater.

Reports of a plane down on Lake Michigan sent U.S. Coast Guard crews to the scene to check it out Saturday afternoon around 3pm.

The Coast Guard concentrated its search in an area about three miles from Cudahy after discovering debris from an apparent wreckage.

Just before 4 p.m., air traffic controllers at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee reported to search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee that they had lost a single engine Piper aircraft off radar about three miles northeast of the airport and had lost radio all communications.

Today's TMJ4's Todd Hicks watched from the shore as ambulances began arriving at the Coast Guard Station in Milwaukee.

The plane was described as a 1975 Pipe Cherokee, a single engine plane.

Racine's Batten Field airport manager tells Today's TMJ4 that the plane took off from there.