Divers search Lake Erie for missing plane

  • Divers search Lake Erie for missing plane

Divers search Lake Erie for missing plane

Weather and water conditions didn't allow for recovery efforts to begin Saturday, but crews searched for the plane until darkness Sunday and planned to return Monday morning, weather permitting.

Police in Cleveland were examining a bag found Sunday that may be linked to the crash last week of a private plane over Lake Erie.

During the course of search and recovery operations for the Cessna 525 Citation aircraft that disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport, Unified Command received multiple reports of debris washing ashore east of Burke Lakefront Airport. The Coast Guard was notified about its disappearance by air traffic control at Burke less than 30 minutes after it took off at around 10:57 p.m.

The station reports the U.S. Coast Guard is now searching Lake Erie with a helicopter to possibly locate a crash. Several boats have dive teams. They were traveling home from a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game, the pilot's father, John W. Fleming, told The Columbus Dispatch. Casey, originally from the Columbus, Ohio area, was a freshman at the university and part of a campus sorority, Lucas said.

"As we all await the results of the search and rescue efforts, our hearts are with John, his wife, their sons, and close friends on board, as well as with their loved ones and everyone in the Superior Beverage family", company Executive Vice President Joseph McHenry said in a Friday statement. The families lived just north of Dublin. These five boats came from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the U. S. Coast Guard, and Underwater Marine Contractors.

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

Assisting the Coast Guard in the search is a helicopter from Detroit and a plane from the Canadian Air Force. Those investigations often take months to complete.

John's parents confirmed he was piloting the plane when it vanished.