Search and recovery efforts continue for missing plane on shoreline

Posted at 11:53 PM, Jan 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-04 16:59:52-05

Search and recovery efforts are continuing Wednesday on the shoreline for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing from Burke Lakefront Airport last week.

Rescuers conducted foot patrols and used mounted units to continue to search the shoreline near the airport due to weather conditions, according to an update by city officials. Search teams began Wednesday at daybreak. 

Officials say additional debris were collected on Wednesday afternoon along the shoreline. Investigators say some of the debris collected is relevant to the investigation. More than 120 pieces of debris that have already been recovered from the water.

The Cleveland Division of Fire, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and New York State Police are in the water utilizing sonar and dive teams in the search area that is now four miles east to west and two and a half miles north to south. 

John T. Fleming, CEO at Superior Beverage Group in Columbus, was flying the plane. The plane was also registered to Fleming, who is a Dublin resident. Aboard the flight with Fleming was his wife, Suzanne, his two teenage sons, and his neighbors Megan and Brian Casey, as passengers.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Anyone who sees debris along the shoreline is asked to call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411. They also ask people to avoid touching debris they find, as it is an active investigation