Recovery Operation Update #7

Monday, January 2, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts have suspended tonight for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport. The search operation will continue tomorrow at first light.

The City of Cleveland remains in contact with the families of those aboard the aircraft. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult situation.

Weather conditions today were favorable as the search continued by water, air and shoreline with crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard, Underwater Marine Contractors, Cleveland Division of Police, New York State Police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Akron Fire, Toledo Fire, Brecksville Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also assisting the search and recovery operation.

The seven vessels used today in the water carried four dive teams; a Cleveland Police Helicopter searched by air; and, the Metroparks Rangers used a Zodiac, a small boat, combing the shoreline along Lake Erie east of Burke Lakefront Airport.

Caution tape in areas along the shoreline is a precautionary measure as part of the investigative process. Seeing this tape does not mean that items have been found in the area. The search and recovery process can take a long time. Please continue to respect the families by sharing only confirmed information.

During the course of search and recovery operations, Unified Command received multiple reports of debris washing ashore. Over 120 pieces of debris were recovered so far and many are consistent with what would be found on a Cessna 525 Citation. We are not sharing any further information about the debris as it is part of an active investigation.

The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and processing them to determine if they are relative to this investigation. Anyone who sees debris should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” said Calvin Williams, Chief of Police. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

We will provide updates as they are available on the City’s blog www.clecityhall.com, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

Recovery Operation Update #6

Monday, January 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts continue for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport.

The City of Cleveland remains in contact with the families of those aboard the aircraft. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult situation.

Conditions remain favorable for searches by water, air and shoreline by crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard, Underwater Marine Contractors, Cleveland Division of Police, New York State Police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Akron Fire, Toledo Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers as well as partners from several local agencies.

There are still seven vessels in the water that have four dive teams; a Cleveland Police Helicopter is searching by air; and, the Metroparks Rangers have used a Zodiac, which is a small boat that can get close to the shore.

Caution tape in areas along the shoreline is a precautionary measure as part of the investigative process. Seeing this tape does not mean that items have been found in the area. The search and recovery process can take a long time. Please continue to respect the families by sharing only confirmed information.

During the course of search and recovery operations, Unified Command received multiple reports of debris washing ashore. All items discovered are being investigated. The only piece of debris confirmed to belong to the aircraft at this point is the bag that was found yesterday near the Shorby Club Harbor in Bratenal. The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and continuing to vet all debris found to determine if it is relative to this investigation. Anyone who sees debris should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” said Calvin Williams, Chief of Police. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

Recovery Operation Update #5

Monday, January 2, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

 

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport are resuming today.

The weather conditions are favorable for search, with fairly calm waters and light winds. The search is taking place in 35-45 foot water in a grid that is approximately 2.5 miles from east to west (shoreline) and 2 miles north to south (shore out into the lake).

There will be seven vessels in the water that have four dive teams. New York State Police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Akron Fire, Toledo Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers have joined search efforts. Searches will be by water, air and shoreline.

Crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard, Underwater Marine Contractors, and the Cleveland Division of Police are continuing to work on the search and recovery operations.

During the course of search and recovery operations Unified Command received multiple reports of debris washing ashore east of Burke Lakefront Airport. The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation and is following up on all reports of debris. Anyone who sees debris should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” said Calvin Williams, Chief of Police. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

The Cleveland Division of Police did confirm that the bag recovered yesterday in the vicinity of the Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl was from the aircraft. Other debris has been collected, but has not yet been verified as being part of the Cessna 525 Citation.

The Cleveland Division of Police helicopter will be in the air. Boats came from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the U. S. Coast Guard, and Underwater Marine Contractors, New York State Police and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Sonar technology will be used in the grid based search near the last known location of the aircraft and boats will conduct shoreline searches.

We will provide regular updates on the City’s blog www.clecityhall.com, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.