Recovery Operation Update Press Conference Update #16

Friday, January 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Press Conference video here.

CLEVELAND —  City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson joined Fred Szabo, Interim Director of the Cleveland Department of Port Control, Commissioner of Burke Lakefront Airport Khalid Bahhur and Tim Sorensen, Aviation Accident Investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board as they provided an update on search and recovery operations on Lake Erie.

The City of Cleveland can confirm that the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was located and retrieved intact from the water at approximately 1:50 p.m. Below is a photo of the diver from Underwater Marine Contractor coming out of the water with this important piece of equipment. It has also been confirmed that a section of the plane’s tail was recovered and has been extracted from the water. Other debris, not yet confirmed to belong to the aircraft, has been located.

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Photo Credit: Underwater Marine Contractors

Tim Sorensen stated that the CVR would be sent to the NTSB lab for analysis. When asked, Mr. Sorensen stated, “the investigation has only just begun.”

This is a difficult time for the families. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy and only share information as it is confirmed. The families have asked us to share the following additional statements on their behalf:

“We, The Fleming and Armeni families, continue to be touched by the tremendous outpouring of support and are incredibly appreciative of all the individuals who have aided in the search and recovery efforts to date. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the heroic efforts and countless hours exerted by the wonderful people at the numerous agencies involved. The City of Cleveland, and all constituencies involved with the rescue and recovery, have shown unbelievable resolve and we applaud everyone for their unwavering commitment to bringing our loved ones home. We extend our deep appreciation for the concern, kindness, and privacy shown by so many during this most difficult time.”

“The Casey family greatly appreciates the dedicated efforts of the rescue and recovery teams, and we are especially thankful for the outpouring of support thoughts and prayers from family, friends and the community.”

suzanne-susie-fleming“Suzie, as she was called, truly valued family.  Her main pride and joy was her role as a wife, mother, daughter and sister.  She spent every waking moment pursuing the health and wellness of her children, Andrew and Jack and her husband, John.  She cherished the time she was able to spend with the four of them together and even quiet times at home. The Armeni siblings’ fondest memories with Sue were their Christmas Eve Italian traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes – where they would get together cooking as a family.  This tradition, started by their father, continues each year.”

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