In a press conference held Friday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2017, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials associated with the search and recovery operation of the plane and its passengers that went missing on December 29 reported that the Cockpit Voice Recorder from the plane had been located and retrieved intact from Lake Erie.
Breaking News 4:15 p.m. January 6, 2017: A section of the Cessna 525’s tail has been recovered and taken from the water. Confirmed by the City of Cleveland
Earlier on Friday, the City of Cleveland has refuted reports from some media outlets that reported earlier today that the missing Cessna 525 Citation plane had been found, scolding those false reports as being potentially harmful to the ongoing recovery operation and disrespectful to the grieving families.
With wind chills below zero, ice and snow in places near the shoreline and underwater visibility limited to two to three inches, search efforts continue slowly for the plane and its occupants that have been missing since December 29, 2016.
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, high winds hampered search efforts, with searches by air made impossible and high waves made the use of small water craft and the use of dive teams prohibitive.
On Thursday, January 5, winds of 15 to 25 knots and lake waves of four to six feet were accompanied by freezing spray and snow showers. Search efforts making use of the National Transportation Safety Board’s underwater locator beacon that had been employed on January 4, but was unsuccessful in finding any signals due to weather and water conditions.
The NTSB’s signal locator equipment was put into use again on January 5 when the ship, Muskie, belonging to the United States Geological Survey arrived to help with search and recovery efforts. The Muskie is equipped with a sector sonar drop to aid in the search, along with the use of the NTSB’s equipment that is designed to pick up signals from the Cockpit Voice Recorder. The use of the equipment helped narrow the scope of the search for Friday’s efforts.
The Fleming and Armeni families have announced funeral arrangements for John T. Fleming, his wife Sue, and their teenage sons Andrew and John (Jack). Memorial services are scheduled for Jan. 9, 2017 in Canfield, Ohio and Jan. 10, 2017 in Delaware, Ohio.
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