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Coast Guard crews suspend search for possible downed plane

Updated: May 30, 2012 9:52AM

The Coast Guard suspended a search Wednesday morning for a possible downed plane in Lake Michigan and nearby Wolf Lake along the Illinois-Indiana border, prompted by a radio listener who reported hearing a pilot call for help Tuesday.

A Coast Guard boat as well as a Chicago fire helicopter was used to search Wolf Lake, the Calumet River and Lake Michigan from Rainbow Beach to Gary, Ind., Coast Guard public affairs officer Lt. Brian Dykens said.

The search was suspended at 8:45 a.m. and nothing was recovered, Dykens said.

A man, who was fishing from the back of his truck on Wolf Lake and listening to a CB radio in his truck, called the Coast Guard after he heard a pilot calling for help, Dykens said.

He said he heard a pilot say he was going down and that he was going to try landing on the water, Dykens said. The radio-listener called the Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter and a 25-foot boat to search Wolf Lake and the Calumet River at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

An FAA spokesperson said the agency has not received any reports of a downed plane as of 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“At this time, we have no reports of any missing or overdue planes nor any communications from planes in distress,” said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory in a statement.

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