Search is on for small plane that crashed into Lake Superior


The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the pilot of a small plane that crashed in Lake Superior off Duluth, WDIO reports. Authorities have found the log book from the missing plane as well as jet fuel in the water, about a mile off Brighton Beach.

Officials with the Duluth Fire Department say they have a boat out on Lake Superior searching a mile-wide debris field, but visibility is poor due to the fog.

The Coast Guard received a report from the main airport tower at Duluth International Airport about 11:30 a.m. of "a single engine white and maroon airplane spiraling down with a loss of communications approximately 7 nautical miles east of Duluth," according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Another witness told fire officials they heard an impact near Brighton Beach.

The Coast Guard station in Duluth says its 45-foot response boat was searching the debris field Saturday evening. The water in that area of the lake is about 140 feet deep.

The Coast Guard, State Patrol, Duluth Fire Department, Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Rescue Squad are on the scene.

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