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CLEVELAND — The United States Coast Guard is continuing its search for a plane that disappeared shortly after leaving Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night.

There were three adults and three children on board the plane when airport officials lost communication at about 11 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

The plane, a Cessna Citation 525, was on its way to The Ohio State University Airport and took off at 10:37 p.m. It was last seen two miles off shore.

The cause of the disappearance is unknown, according to the Ninth Coast Guard District.

Mike Mullen with the Coast Guard said this is still considered a rescue.

“It comes down to a will to survive,” Mullen told reports about the likelihood there are survivors.

An aircrew from the Coast Guard Air Station Detroit is searching via helicopter, and the Royal Canadian Air Force is also assisting. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is also here from Detroit to aid in the search.

Crews are searching a 16 by 8 nautical mile area. They have not found any debris and only detected a faint hint from an emergency transmitter.

Airport officials also said it’s believed the group had just attended the Cavaliers game.

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