Search continues for two U.P. men after plane goes missing

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Two men from the Upper Peninsula are missing after a small plane disappeared over Lake Michigan Sunday night southwest of Traverse City.

According to the Radio Results Network, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel says the plane took off from Ontanagon last night and reported that its engine was dead and a search began.

“We got a lot of fishermen and whatnot out in that area, and hopefully, they might be able to help us out,” Schendel said. “But as of now, we haven’t located anything. No plane. No debris. No nothing.”

He says it’s a Bonanza six-seater with the tail number N1561Z. It’s owned by Evergreen Exploration.

The plane was on its way from Ontonagon to downstate Monroe last night when the Air Traffic Control in Minneapolis got a distress call, and then local authorities were notified.

A helicopter and search-and-rescue boats continued looking today.

The names of the missing men have not been released.

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