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Ruth Ravve

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Medical Plane Crash

July 23, 2010 - 1:11 PM | by: Ruth Ravve

Ludington MI-  The U.S. Coast Guard is desperately searching lake Michigan right now for four people who were riding on a medical transport plane, when it went down into the water near Ludington Michigan, at about 10am central time today.  A fifth person, the pilot, was rescued by a “good samaritan”.

The Cessna 206 aircraft took off from Alma, Mich., heading to Rochester, Minn., but reported having problems to the air traffic controller.  The coast guard dispatched two boats- one 25ft, and one 47ft rescue boat. They also dispatched a dauphin helicopter. The Coast Guard was notified by an air traffic controller who reported losing contact with the aircraft at about 10 a.m., Central Standard Time.

While the plane was on its way to Rochester, Minnesota, the Coast Guard would not confirm that it was headed for the Mayo clinic, although a Coast Guard spokesman tells Fox News  ”It was going to a clinic in Minnesota and there was at least one medical patient onboard”

The one person who was rescued, Jerry Freed of Alma, is suffering from mild hypothermia.

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