A Cessna-525 Citation Jet in Flight
The search continues for the missing plane that took off at private harbor in Lake Erie, Cleveland on its way to Ohio State University Airport, according to several news sources.
Though there seems to be a hodgepodge of information out there on the whereabouts of the plane, its passengers, and the status of the investigation — it can be safely assumed the plane disappeared off the radar and crashed somewhere within 2.5 miles east and west across the shoreline, and 2 miles north of the shore.
The missing Cessna 525 Citation Jet took off from Burke Lakefront Airport Thursday night with six onboard, according to USA Today. The passengers had been visiting Cleveland for a Cavaliers’ game, and were confirmed as being Brian Casey with his daughter, and John Fleming, CEO of Superior Beverage Group and pilot of the plane, with his wife and two sons.
More than 120 pieces of a debris were found in the search spanning the 35-45 feet deep water, but has not been confirmed as being part of the Cessna, according to Cleveland.com.
A pilot’s bag was found washed ashore in Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl, a small lakeside community. The bag was confirmed to belong to the Cessna plane and its pilot, Fleming, according to 10tv.
The recovery and rescue mission has been spearheaded by officials and professionals across the state, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and the New York State Police.