Recovery Operation Update #17
January 9, 2017 @ 8:30 a.m.
Search and recovery operations for the Cessna 525 Citation continue today.
There is ice on Lake Erie. The Army Corps of Engineers will operate its tug to break ice and escort the Underwater Marine Contractors’ Salvage Chief to the water search area. Side scanning sonar and a drop sector scanner will on the vessels and utilized to take images of the bottom of the lake and track divers.
Divers will begin in the dive site they left off from on Friday. They are investigating what appears to be a larger piece of debris. At this time, it is not clear what that piece of debris is or whether it is related to this operation. The debris will be extracted from the lake and further investigated. Once we can confirm that it belongs to the aircraft, and the family has been made aware, we will provide an update.
Foot patrols and Cleveland Police Helicopter will continue to search the shoreline as weather allows.
The Fleming Family is hosting a memorial today in Canfield, Ohio. We ask that you continue to respect the family by only sharing confirmed information.