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.”