Mayor Jackson, the United States Coast Guard and the City’s Unified Command Staff Discussed Missing Aircraft Search and Recovery Efforts

Today, December 31, 2016, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Captain Joseph S. Dufresne, US Coast Guard, Fred Szabo, Interim Director of the Department of Port Control, Khalid Bahhur, Commissioner of Burke Lakefront Airport and the City’s safety forces joined in extending deepest condolences to family and friends of those aboard the missing aircraft. They also discussed the transition from search and rescue to search and recovery.
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Yesterday at 7:30 p.m., the Coast Guard suspended their search and rescue efforts after and extensive search by air, water and shoreline. Today, the City of Cleveland took over search and recovery operations for the missing aircraft. A Command Center for the operations has been set up at Burke Lake Front Airport. Search and recovery operations are dependent upon several factors including the wind, weather and water conditions. The City and its partners are working with highly trained and well equipped search teams to locate and then extract the aircraft.

If the public sees anything they think may be relative to the search and recovery efforts, they may contact the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lake Front Airport at 216-781-6411.

We will provide regular updates on the City’s blog (, as well as, Twitter: @CityofCleveland and Facebook:

The press conference can be viewed here.