Recovery Operation Update #9

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 7 p.m.

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

Vessels from the Cleveland Division Fire, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and New York State Police are still in the water utilizing sonar and a dive teams. If sonar picks up on something in the water, divers are deployed to take a closer look.

The Cleveland Division of Police chopper and the Metroparks Zodiac were both deployed today, but had to return due to weather and visibility. Mounted units from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Metroparks Rangers joined personnel on foot for the shoreline searches today.

Unified Command confirmed that the search area is now four miles east to west (along the shoreline) and two and a half miles north to south (from the shore into the water). At this time, a determination has not been made yet about search and recovery operations for tomorrow.

Additional debris was collected this afternoon, but that debris has not yet been confirmed as belonging to this investigation. The debris collected today came from the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront airport. We are not sharing specific information about the debris as it is part of an active investigation.

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

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. The search and recovery process can take a long time. Please continue to respect the families by sharing only confirmed information.

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