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