Recovery Operation Update #14

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

CLEVELAND —  During search and recovery efforts in the blue water grid search area the NTSB underwater locator beacon detector received multiple transmissions while deployed from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) “Muskie”. These transmissions have been plotted on the models to narrow down the search site for the Cockpit Voice Recorder to a 125 by 325-foot search area.

Weather and water conditions did not allow for divers to enter the water or sonar equipment to be used today. Waves are predicted to be two feet or less tomorrow with winds west/southwest at 10-15 miles per hour. The temperature will be 13 degrees in the morning with a high of 19 degrees later in the day. If conditions are as predicted, searches will begin at daylight.

The Muskie and the Salvage Chief (Underwater Marine Contractors) will be deployed with the drop sector sonar, a dive team who will use the underwater locator beacon detector and crews from the NTSB, Muskie, Underwater Marine Contractors and the Cleveland Division of Fire.

Multiple resources are on standby to assist as needed.

Shoreline searches will continue tomorrow.

Updates will be posted as they are available on the City’s blog, as well as on Twitter @CityofCleveland and

Recovery Operation Update #13

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.


Water Grid Search Area. Light Green searched 1/1/17, dark green searched 1/2/17, blue searched 1/3/17 and today, 1/5/17

CLEVELAND —  The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) “Muskie” has arrived in Cleveland to assist with search and recovery efforts. Crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire and the NTSB are being deployed with USGS crews onboard. Also, onboard the Muskie is a sector drop sonar, a diver and the NTSB equipment. The underwater locator beacon detector will be deployed in search of a transmission from the Cockpit Voice Recorder.


NTSB technician and crew deploying the underwater locator beacon detector

The United States Coast Guard also has a 25-foot vessel on standby to assist, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zodiac that had been deployed earlier is now out of the water. The Army Corps of Engineers is on standby to deploy a tug if needed.

Additional debris has been retrieved along the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront Airport. That debris has not yet been confirmed as relevant to this investigation. Shoreline searches will continue as long as daylight allows.

Updates will be posted as they are available on the City’s blog, as well as on Twitter @CityofCleveland and



Recovery Operation Update #12

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

CLEVELAND —  Search and Recovery efforts for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport 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. A vessel was deployed in the Cleveland harbor yesterday afternoon with a National Transportation Safety Board technician and their equipment, the underwater locator beacon. Due to the weather and water conditions, the equipment did not receive any transmissions from the aircraft.

This underwater locator beacon will be deployed to the search grid today. “The NTSB is here to provide whatever assistance we can for search and recovery, said Tim Sorensen, Aviation Accident Investigator from the NTSB. “Our main goal is investigating the circumstances and cause of the accident. The equipment is designed to assist in locating the Cockpit Voice Recorder, which would aid us in this investigation.”

Water conditions today are: Westward winds at 15-25 knots; waves between 4-6 feet, subsiding later to 1-3 feet; with freezing spray and snow showers. The United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) 75-foot research vessel, the “Muskie” is on its way from Huron to Cleveland. This vessel is equipped to handle rougher seas and can move at speeds slow enough to use the NTSB’s equipment in today’s water conditions.  The Muskie will be deployed from the United States Coast Guard station, where it will dock while in Cleveland. It will head to the grid search area with the NTSB technician and equipment, a diver and sonar equipment.

The United States Coast Guard has a 25-foot vessel on standby to assist and the Cleveland Metroparks have deployed the Zodiac to assist with shoreline debris collection. Other partner agencies are on standby to assist as needed and as weather conditions allow.

Foot patrols consisting of Cleveland Divisions of Police and Fire, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers and volunteers as well as mounted units from Cleveland Division of Police and the Metroparks’ rangers will search the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront Airport from E. 72nd Street to East 185th Street. They will dispatch units to respond to other areas if debris is reported. As weather conditions permit, the Cleveland Division of Police helicopter will search the shoreline by air.

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, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and

The Willard Garage Lakeside Entrance Closure

January 5, 2017

Willard Garage Closed for Repairs, Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

CLEVELAND – The Lakeside entrance to the Willard Garage lower parking levels will be closed on Friday, January 6th, starting at 9:00 a.m. for repairs on the overhead gate. The entrance will be reopened as soon as repairs are completed.

The Lakeside entrance will be open through the morning rush hour traffic period to accommodate daily commute parking customers. The East 9th Street gate and the surface parking lot on Lakeside will remain open all day.

For further information regarding Willard Garage closure, please call Kim Johnson at 216-348-2793.