Recovery Operations Update #11

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

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

First and foremost, this operation is search and recovery. At the center of these search and recovery efforts is the family of the passengers aboard that aircraft. This is an incredibly difficult situation for the family and we again ask that you respect the sensitive nature of this investigation and the family as you share information.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board on this active investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board’s equipment has arrived and an NTSB technician will operate the equipment. One vessel has been deployed in the Cleveland Harbor with the underwater locator beacon (the name of the equipment) to see if a transmission “ping” from the aircraft can be heard. Conditions only allow this equipment to be in the harbor today. This equipment will be deployed to the search grid tomorrow.

Foot patrols and mounted units continue to search the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront Airport. The Cleveland Division of Police helicopter is searching the shoreline by air as weather permits. Right now, the weather is not allowing it to search. There are very high winds off the lake today causing high waves and conditions unsuitable for smaller water craft and dive teams.

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The Unified Command is working with a team of surveyors as well as highly skilled civil, mechanical, and computer engineers to locate the missing aircraft. The team has been building simulations and 3D models to help hone in on the most probable areas for recovery. Various data has been received over the past few days from the FAA, NTSB, FBI, and other agencies. As data arrives we are updating our models to adjust and refine where assets are placed on the shore and in the water. These models and simulations will not be released as they are part of the active investigation.

Additional debris has been recovered today along the shoreline. Some of the debris collected today is relevant to this investigation. We are not sharing specific information about the debris as it is part of an active investigation.

Several requests have been made about the cost of the search and recovery efforts. There is no cost estimate and the financial details will be handled when the search and recovery operations have concluded.  The unified command’s continued focus is on the search and recovery efforts.

Several requests have also been made about our partnerships with government entities, contractors and other internal and external resources. Unified Command is utilizing resources based on the needs of the investigation and search and rescue operations.

Specific inquires have been made about the City not utilizing resources from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Cleveland Division of Police Dive team and other entities. The City called the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday, December 30, 2016. A response was received from the Army Corps via email on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  Email interactions continued today and the Army Corps response was: “Regarding the current search and rescue/recovery, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District can provide a very limited role in assisting your efforts.  Our floating plant the Tug CHERAW, can possibly be made available for a day or two, as operations and weather permit.  Sustained response/recovery efforts would be limited to a FEMA tasker, unfortunately.”

Cleveland Division of Police Divers have not been engaged at this point because sufficient dive teams were available for the number of vessels deployed for the designated search area.

The City of Cleveland will continue to notify the family of all assistance requests and continue to utilize all resources that meet the needs of the search and recovery operations.

The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and processing them to determine if they are related 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.

 

Letter from City of Cleveland to Giant Eagle CEO, Ms. Laura Karet

January 4, 2017

 

 

Ms. Laura Karet

Chief Executive Officer

Giant Eagle

101 Kappa Drive

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   15238

 

Dear Ms. Karet:

The City of Cleveland has been a partner with Giant Eagle over the years, working with the development of new grocery stores and Get-Go gas stations within the City limits.  Therefore, it is with great disappointment that we learned of the closing of two stores and a Get-Go gas station through the media.  The closing of the store at East 116th Street and Buckeye Road marks the end of Giant Eagle on the east side of Cleveland and the two closures mean that there are only two Giant Eagle stores left in a community of nearly 400,000 people.  These stores provided access to fresh foods and a pharmacy for our residents, many of whom are elderly and rely on public transportation.  The closure of these stores would require a customer to travel another several miles on the east or west side to one of your stores by car.

We also learned that over 120 jobs are at risk.  We have been provided no information on whether these employees have been offered positions at other stores and we have received many calls today from concerned employees who also just learned that they will be without a job in thirty to sixty days.  The closing of pharmacies on January 14, 2017 means that customers have just ten (10) days to transfer prescriptions, placing a hardship on many of our seniors and those with disabilities for whom this process can be very difficult.

We are also concerned that if these stores remain closed that the remaining term of the lease will prevent other grocery stores from leasing at these locations, to limit competition which was done when Giant Eagle moved from Lorain Avenue to the newer West 117th store.  These vacant stores are a negative influence on our community and can affect other leases for nearby retail.

While your lack of notification gave us no opportunity to understand your situation and discuss ways the City of Cleveland might help retain these stores, we remain available to discuss the situation and hope that we can work together. Please reach out to my Chief of Government & International Affairs, Valarie J. McCall at 664-3544 or via email at vmccall@city.cleveland.oh.us.

 

Sincerely,

Frank G. Jackson

Mayor

 

Cc:      Cleveland City Council Members, City of Cleveland

Ken Silliman, Chief of Staff, City of Cleveland

Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs, City of Cleveland

Tracey Nichols, Chief of Economic Development, City of Cleveland

Ed Rybka, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland

Recovery Operation Update #10

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport were suspended on the water around 8:30 p.m. last night. Shoreline foot patrols and Mounted Units from the Cleveland Division of Police and Cleveland Metroparks’ Rangers suspended searching by land due to visibility shortly after sunset last night.  Air searches were performed throughout the day based on weather conditions by the Cleveland Division of Police helicopter.
Today, foot patrols and mounted units continue to search the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront Airport. They began their searches at daylight.  The Cleveland Division of Police helicopter is monitoring weather conditions and if conditions allow will search the shoreline by air today.
Crews and vessels from the Cleveland Division of Fire, U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Underwater Marine Contractors are on standby to go out on the water if conditions allow. Due to high winds and choppy waters, it is not safe for them to go out on the lake to continue the grid search at this time.
The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board on this active investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending equipment to aid with the search for the aircraft. That equipment should arrive in Cleveland later this afternoon.
Additional debris was recovered yesterday, some of that debris is relevant to this investigation.  We are not sharing specific information about the debris as it is part of an 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 related 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.