Out-of-state search crews help in recovery mission to locate missing plane in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Several additional departments and crews are joining the search efforts for a plane that went missing over Lake Erie on Thursday night.

A release states that police have also confirmed that a bag recovered Sunday near the Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl was from the missing aircraft. Other debris has also been collected, but it has not yet been verified to have come from the plane.

Today's search will take place in 35-45 foot water in a grid measuring around 2.5 miles from east to west and 2 miles north to south.

There will be seven vessels in the water with four dive teams. New York State Police, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Akron Fire, Toledo Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers have joined search efforts. The Metroparks Rangers are using a Zodiac,  a small boat that can get close to the shore.

Searches will be by water, air and shoreline.

The plane disappeared Thursday night after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport.

It was piloted b y John Fleming, the CEO of Columbus-based Superior Beverage. He and his wife, Suzanne, along with their teenage boys, Jack and Andrew, had gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers game that night along with a neighbor and a neighbor's daughter.

They took off from the airport at just before 11 p.m. Within one minute, the plane was dropping toward the lake at a rate of 3,700 feet per minute.

It vanished from radar, and so far crews have picked up only a slight ping, which hasn't been enough to give them an exact location of where it went down.

During the course of search and recovery Sunday, the  command center received multiple reports of debris washing ashore east of Burke Lakefront Airport. Cleveland Police are following up on all such reports.

Anyone who sees debris overnight Sunday should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

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