Search turns to recovery mission for missing plane

FRANKFORT — The search for two downstate residents in a plane crash off the shore of Lake Michigan has turned from a rescue mission to recovery, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Wednesday.

The county also identified the people on the plane: Emanuel Manos, 53, of Monroe, and Randal Dippold, 65, of Perry. The plane, which was headed from Ontonagon to Monroe Sunday night, had reported engine trouble partway through the flight.

After the Minneapolis Control Center redirected the plane to Frankfort, the plane changed course, dropping form radar about 4.5 miles west of the Frankfort airport.

The white and red Beech Craft Bonanza 35 has the tail number N1561Z.

Since the plane was reported missing Sunday night, the Coast Guard, Michigan State Police, Homeland Security and other agencies have conducted air and water searches in conjunction with the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office. The search area was based on the plane’s last reported location and its projected flight path.

The search is ongoing, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone on the water or shoreline of Lake Michigan in the Frankfort area who sees debris or other signs of the aircraft is advised to contact the sheriff’s office at (231) 882-4487.