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.”