Plane crashes off Kelleys

KELLEYS ISLAND Law enforcement agencies were searching Lake Erie late Monday night in search
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

KELLEYS ISLAND

Law enforcement agencies were searching Lake Erie late Monday night in search of a small plane that crashed after takeoff from Kelleys Island Land Field Airport carrying a father and his two sons.

One son, a 7-year-old boy, got out of the plane after the crash and made it to shore, said Petty Officer Robert George of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Marblehead.

Rescuers were still searching the water early Tuesday for the 46-year-old man and his 9-year-old son, both presumed to still be in the Cessna aircraft, George said.

Commander J. Franklin of the U.S. Coast Guard said Huron, Sandusky and Catawba police all had boats in the area and divers in the water at about midnight searching for the other two occupants of the plane. Several other agencies were also assisting in the search. A Coast Guard Cutter was also on its way to the scene from Detroit.

Franklin said Kelleys Island police made the initial call to the Coast Guard at 9:17 p.m. Franklin did not know how or why the plane went down. He did not know the destination of the aircraft, or the hometowns of the occupants.