Search of lake for human remains from plane crash ends

Divers recovered two large pieces of debris but no human remains Tuesday

Dive team recovers debris from Lake Erie plane crash.
Photo Courtesy: City of Cleveland


CLEVELAND (AP) – Officials say DNA profiles have been developed for three of the six people aboard a plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland and the search for human remains and plane debris has ended.

Burke Lakefront Airport Commissioner Khalid Bahhur said Tuesday the decision to end the search was difficult but the lake’s water conditions make it unlikely further remains can be found. Divers recovered two large pieces of debris but no human remains Tuesday.

Bahhur says families of the six people killed in the crash have been told Tuesday would be the last search day.

Superior Beverage CEO John T. Fleming was piloting the plane. His wife, two teen sons, and their neighbor, Brian Casey, and his daughter, Megan, were also on the plane. They had attended the Cleveland Cavaliers game and were on their way back to their home in the Columbus area.

John Fleming and his wife, Suzanne, were Boardman High School graduates.

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