Investigators promise to continue search for missing Cleveland plane

The plane carrying two Boardman High School graduates, their family and neighbors disappeared Thursday after leaving Cleveland

Investigators promise to continue searching for missing Cleveland plane.
Khalid Bahhur, with Burke Lakefront Airport, at a press conference Tuesday.


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators released new information Tuesday evening about their search for a plane that went missing over Lake Erie last week, promising to continue looking for the aircraft.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, crews were still in the water using sonar and dive teams.

“We’re gonna continue searching until we find something,” said Khalid Bahhur, with Burke Lakefront Airport.

John Fleming
John T. Fleming

Law enforcement agencies resumed their search efforts Tuesday morning, looking for the plane that disappeared shortly after takeoff Thursday night.

The missing plane carried Boardman graduates John Fleming and his wife, Suzanne, their two children, and neighbors Brian and Megan Casey. Airport officials said the passengers were coming from a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game.

John Fleming is the CEO of Superior Beverage Group.

Megan Casey is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brian and Megan Casey were on board a plane that went down in Lake Erie.
Brian and Megan Casey (Courtesy: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Since recovery efforts began, over 120 pieces of debris, including a bag, washed ashore along Lake Erie.

“Some of the debris we have identified as coming from the aircraft,” said Michael McGrath, Cleveland’s director of public safety.

The bag is one of those items confirmed to be from the plane.

A statement from officials said they’re not sharing details about the debris or its location because it’s part of an active investigation.

Officials said the weather has been cooperating, allowing seven vessels with four dive teams to launch along with the Cleveland Division of Police chopper. Patrols on horseback could also be seen combing the shoreline.

Still, crews haven’t found the Columbus-bound Cessna 525 Citation.

Cleveland officials searching for a plane carrying six people that disappeared over Lake Erie say more than 120 pieces of debris have been recovered, and many are consistent with the type of aircraft that vanished.“I’m hoping we find a big piece [of the plane]. I don’t want to speculate that, you know, the condition of the aircraft right now, but our goal is to find the aircraft,” Bahhur said.

What happened to the plane is still under investigation.

In a press conference Tuesday, Interim Director of Port Control Fred Szabo said they’re trying to find some key equipment that will help the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determine what happened. Those key items include the cockpit voice recorder and emergency locator transmitter.

“There’s actually a piece of equipment on its way to Cleveland right now that’s specifically designed to detect that particular frequency, and we’re hopeful that it’ll help us,” Szabo said.

Cleveland Police are still calling it an active investigation.

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