Sunday, January 1st, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard, Underwater Marine Contractors, and the Cleveland Division of Police are continuing search and recovery operations for the Cessna 525 Citation aircraft that went missing Thursday evening.
Search and recovery efforts now include five boats as well as the Cleveland Division of Police helicopter. These five boats include the Cleveland Division of Fire boat, two Coast Guard vessels, and two from Underwater Marine Contractors. Four of the boats are equipped with sonar which is able to track images underwater and are performing a grid based search near the last known location of the aircraft. The fifth boat is surveying the shoreline for any potential debris that has washed ashore.
Multiple boats have skilled dive teams equipped and prepared to begin their operations once the aircraft location is identified.
Cleveland Division of Police is investigating the contents of a bag recovered earlier today in the vicinity of the Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl.
The City has maintained contact with the families throughout the search keeping them apprised of every aspect of the search.
Weather conditions on Lake Erie today are very favorable with winds around 5 miles per hour and clear sunny skies according to the National Weather Service. Based on current plans search activities will continue until dark and resume operations at first light on Monday, January 2nd.
If the public sees anything they think may be helpful 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 Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.