The Latest: Coast Guard suspends plane search; 6 onboard

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing plane in Lake Erie near Cleveland (all times local):

The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s suspending search-and-rescue efforts for a plane that went missing over Lake Erie near Cleveland with six people onboard to allow the city to begin recovery efforts. The Coast Guard is no longer expecting to find anyone alive.

Coast Guard Capt. Michael Mullen says deciding to end a search is never easy. He says the Coast Guard extends its condolences to “the family and friends of those who lost loved ones during this tragedy.”

The Coast Guard had been using planes, helicopters and a 140-foot-long cutter in searching a 128-square-mile area in the lake after the plane lost radar contact late Thursday.

The plane took off from Cleveland’s lakefront airport piloted by John T. Fleming, president of a Columbus beverage distribution company. With him were his wife, their teenage sons, a neighbor and the neighbor’s daughter.

An executive with the Columbus, Ohio-based beverage distributor where the pilot of a plane carrying five others over Lake Erie vanished is president and CEO says it’s been a difficult day as the search continues.

Joseph McHenry says in a statement Friday that he and others are working to support the families of those on the plane piloted by Superior Beverage Group’s John T. Fleming. The statement says others on the plane were Fleming’s wife,…

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