Seat with possible human remains recovered in Lake Erie plane crash

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Missing plane voice recorder found

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UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m. Jan. 6

A seat with possible human remains was recovered today in the search for a missing plane in Lake Erie, CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported.

The remains were being analyzed and were found on a seat that came from the missing Cessna 525’s passenger compartment, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier today, officials announced that the cockpit voice recorder, part of the fuselage and the tail were recovered from the plane. Other items also were near the seat, but crews still have to recover them, WOIO reported.

The single-engine plane carrying a Columbus businessman, his wife, their two teenage sons, a neighbor and the neighbor’s teen daughter went missing late Dec. 29. It took off from Burke Lakefront airport and lost communication with the tower after about 30 seconds.

An underwater locator beacon detector helped to find parts of the plane recovered so far, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board told the station.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. Jan. 6

Part of the fuselage containing the cockpit voice recorder was recovered today from the plane that went missing over Lake Erie last week.

Cleveland’s port control released information during an afternoon news conference about the recovery efforts for the plane with six aboard that went down Dec. 30 over the lake, CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported.

The cockpit voice recorder was recovered for a missing plane that went down Dec. 30, 2016, over Lake Erie in Cleveland. WOIO-TV CLEVELAND
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The cockpit voice recorder was recovered for a missing plane that went down Dec. 30, 2016, over Lake Erie in Cleveland. WOIO-TV CLEVELAND

A significant tail section of the plane also has been found, and is being processed by investigators, the station reported.

The small twin-engine plane’s pilot was John T. Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group based in Columbus. Fleming’s wife, Sue, and sons Jack and Andrew were aboard along with Brian Casey and his daughter Megan.

The plane went missing shortly after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport after a Dec. 30 Cleveland Cavaliers game, WOIO reported.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. Jan. 3

Cleveland officials stated that they have yet to discover any major portions of the plane that went missing over Lake Erie last week. The current search area is 12 square miles and there is currently beacon transmission equipment being transported to Cleveland to assist in the ongoing search.

UPDATE @ 4:53 p.m. Jan. 3

According to Cleveland media, crews have recovered 120 pieces of debris that they believe are “mostly” from the small plane that went missing over Lake Erie.

Cleveland City Officials will be holding a press conference at 5 p.m. from Burke Lakefront Airport updating the media on the search.

UPDATE @ 10:35 a.m. Jan. 2

Conditions are favorable as recovery efforts resume in the search for a small plane carrying six that disappeared Dec. 30 over Lake Erie, near Cleveland, according to the Associated Press.

Seven vessels and four dive teams are searching in waters up to 45 feet deep with light winds and calm waters, according to AP’s report.

A bag from the aircraft was recovered Sunday near a private harbor in a small lakeside community, and authorities are getting multiple reports of debris washing ashore, according to AP’s report.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m. Dec. 31

A dive team is assembled in Cleveland as the search for a missing plane carrying six people that disappeared over Lake Erie switches from a rescue to recovery effort, according to the latest report from the Associated Press.

The plane or any wreckage has not been located yet.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson expressed condolences today to the family and friends of those who lost loved ones, according to AP’s report.

The people who were on board have been identified as John Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus, along with his wife, Suzanne; their two sons, John, 15, and Andrew, 14; a neighbor and neighbor’s daughter.

UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

The search for a missing plane with six people aboard that disappeared over Lake Erie late Thursday night is suspended.

The search will resume Saturday as a recovery mission, led by the city of Cleveland, with the U.S. Coast Guard rejoining once wreckage is found, CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported.

Passengers aboard the plane included John Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus, along with his wife, Suzanne; their two sons, John, 15, and Andrew, 14; a neighbor and neighbor’s daughter, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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Crews searching for private plane that disappeared.

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UPDATE @ 2:00 p.m. 

According to a report by the Columbus Dispatch the occupants of a plane that disappeared over Lake Erie late Thursday night have been identified. The plane is property of John Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Columbus. The other passengers on the plane included: Fleming’s wife Suzanne,46, their two sons, John, 15,  and Andrew,14, a neighbor and a neighbor’s daughter.  United States and Canadian Coast Guard units are still searching for the missing plane.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.

Coast guard Chief of Response Michael Mullen held a press conference at 11 a.m. stating,

“No debris has been found so far from missing plane that took off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.”

He also confirmed the missing plane contained six total passengers (three adults and three children). The Coast guard is continuing to expand their search area as weather conditions improve.

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Weather explainer - Cleveland plane crash

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UPDATE @ 7:00 a.m.

The Associated Press reports there is still no sign of debris or the passengers who were on a plane that took off from an airport in Lake Erie and vanished.

A U.S. Coast Guard official said the agency is searching for the Cessna Citation 525, and no emergency beacon has been detected.

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. The passengers’ names were not released pending notification of their families.

UPDATE @ 6:10 a.m.

A small, twin-engine plane and its six occupants, remain missing after a Cleveland airport lost contact with the aircraft shortly after takeoff over Lake Erie.

The search is currently focused in an area about two miles off the airport in Lake Erie, our news partner WOIO-TV in Cleveland reports.

“Currently because of the weather, its’s making things pretty difficult,” Coast Guard member Christopher Yaw told the station. “We’re not able to get any of our small boats out on the scene because of that.”

Assisting the Coast Guard in the search is a helicopter from Detroit and a plane from the Canadian Air Force.

"Anytime we get a report of something, especially of something like this, we look at our assets and we say, alright this is what's been reported and we put our assets into the search and put it together from there," said Yaw.

"Regardless of the situation, we're out there to find people."

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A search continues around Lake Erie in Cleveland after a small plane vanished shortly after takeoff from the Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night.

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UPDATE @ 4:45 a.m. 

A search continues around Lake Erie in Cleveland after a small plane vanished shortly after takeoff from the Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night.

Six people are believed to be on board the aircraft, when it took off shortly before 11 p.m. CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reports.

The aircraft took off from the Ohio State University Airport around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and landed in at Burke Lakeside Airport around 6 p.m. The same jet took off from Burke Lakefront Airport just before 11 p.m. with the Ohio State University Airport as its destination, the station reports.

Only seconds into the flight, Burke Lakefront Airport reports they lost all contact and radar of the plane.

WOIO-TV adds the aircraft, a Cessna twin-engine plane, is owned by Maverick Air LLC in Columbus.

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FIRST REPORT

Multiple agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a missing plane around Lake Erie after a Cleveland airport lost communications with the plane shortly after takeoff.

CBS affiliate WOIO-TV confirms the plane took off from Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night. The airport lost radar and communications with the plane shortly after takeoff, sparking a search around 11:30 p.m.

The station reports the U.S. Coast Guard is currently searching Lake Erie with a helicopter to possibly locate a crash. A boat was initially aiding the search, but has been called off due to rough water.

The plane, reportedly a twin-engine jet, is believed to be carrying six passengers.

According to WOIO-TV, the flight originated at The Ohio State University, landed at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, then vanished shortly after takeoff from Burke. The flight’s final scheduled destination was not immediately known.

Other surrounding airports have been contacted in the event the plane landed, but the station reports the plane remains missing.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.

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