The Latest: Missing pilot's company calls it a difficult day

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Latest on the search for a missing plane in Lake Erie near Cleveland (all times local):

An executive with the Columbus, Ohio-based beverage distributor where the pilot of a plane carrying five others over Lake Erie vanished is president and CEO says it's been a difficult day as the search continues.

Joseph McHenry says in a statement Friday that he and others are working to support the families of those on the plane piloted by Superior Beverage Group's John T. Fleming. The statement says others on the plane were Fleming's wife, Sue, their teenage sons Jack and Andrew and two close friends, who have been identified as a neighbor and the neighbor's daughter.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been searching an area about 2 miles out from the Cleveland lakeshore airport where the plane took off Thursday night. A flight-tracking service says it appears the plane rapidly lost altitude.

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