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Search fails to locate plane after report of possible crash near Canyon

Search and rescue crews stage in the Canyon area on Tuesday after a report of a possible plane crash. (Lisa Kaczke / lkaczke@duluthnews.com)

An air search took place for several hours in the Cotton and Canyon areas on Tuesday after authorities received a report that someone saw a plane go down.

Searchers were unable to locate a plane crash and, after several hours, the search was suspended until there’s new information on a possible location, according to the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that all local airports were notified, and there were no reports of a missing plane.

The Sheriff's Office said a person in the area of U.S. Highway 53 and Harris Road in Canyon reported a possible plane crash several miles to the southeast just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

While helicopters and small planes flew overhead, first responders from multiple Northland agencies gathered at the volunteer fire department in Canyon to wait with snowmobiles, tracked vehicles, ambulances and a command center for word of the plane’s location.

However, after several hours of waiting and a plane crash scene still not located, the gathering of search and rescue crews was reduced to only a handful of personnel.

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