Mon, Jun 04, 2007
Six Onboard Still Missing
Officials are looking for survivors after a Cessna Citation
Bravo went down in Lake Michigan late Monday afternoon.
The aircraft -- operating as a Lifeguard flight and carrying a
crew of two, with two surgeons and two perfusionists onboard --
took off from Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport
just before 4 pm, bound for Detroit's Willow Run Airport.
The Citation's pilot reportedly radioed a distress call less
than five minutes after departing, before contact was lost.
WISN-12 reports a Detroit television station confirmed the
doctors onboard were from University of Michigan, and were heading
to Detroit to perform a double lung transplant. The team had flown
from Detroit to MKE earlier in the day to recover the organs to be
used in the transplant.
As a precaution, MKE closed to flight operations for about 20
minutes following confirmation the aircraft went down. Rain was
falling at the time of the crash, according to a local
meteorologist, with winds blowing from the north at 20 mph.
Coast Guard search crews located an area of discolored water,
believed to be where the aircraft went down, about 20 minutes after
being dispatched. Milwaukee Fire Chief Doug Holton told The
Associated Press at least 12 divers were searching for signs of the
plane, in water as deep as 60 feet.
The aircraft (similar to type shown above) is owned by Toy Air,
based in Southfield, MI.
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