Crews to commence search for plane that vanished over Lake Erie

Divers began searching Sunday for a plane carrying six people that went missing after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday evening.

Superior Beverage Group, an OH beverage company, identified those on as its president and chief executive, John T. Fleming; his wife, Sue; their sons Jack and Andrew; and two close friends. Fleming's wife, Sue, and their two teenage sons, Jack and Andrew, were also on board.

"This is a hard day for us, and we appreciate the concern and thoughtfulness extended by so many".

According to the city of Cleveland, weather conditions for the search are favorable with fairly calm waters and light wind. It was found near Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl, a small lakeside community.

Search efforts today resumed by water, air and shoreline for a plane that disappeared four days ago near Cleveland carrying three adults, including a CEO, and three children, officials said.

The aircraft was headed for an Ohio State University airfield, but the six people aboard the aircraft aren't affiliated with OSU, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A fifth is scouring the Lake Erie shore for debris that might have washed ashore.

The bag belonged to the missing pilot, John T. Fleming, and apparently contained his identification card and other items, WKYC-TV reported Sunday. High waves and blustery conditions prevented smaller Coast Guard boats from the Cleveland area from deploying Thursday night. No signal from the plane's emergency locator transmitter was found during the search.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation 525 vanished on Thursday (29 December) and reportedly crashed soon after it took off from Burke Lakefront Airport, north of downtown Cleveland.

They took off from the airport at just before 11 p.m.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson expressed condolences to those who lost loved ones, as the city took over from the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday after an extensive search effort ended in disappointment and became a recovery operation.

  • Audrey Hill