Recovery Operation Update #8

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts began at daylight 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.

Weather conditions today are allowing continued search by water and shoreline. The Cleveland Division of Police Helicopter is not in the air at this time. 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 are working on the search and recovery efforts.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board on this active investigation.

There are currently six vessels in the water carrying four dive teams and equipped with sonar technology. The seventh vessel, the Zodiac, is on standby to search near the shoreline if necessary. All 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, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and