Cleveland police: bag found near Bratenahl being investigated as part of search for missing plane

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CLEVELAND — The search for a missing plane that disappeared over Lake Erie Thursday night resumed Sunday morning.

In mid-afternoon, Cleveland Police released information that they were investigating the contents of a bag recovered earlier Sunday near the Shoreby Club Harbor in Bratenahl.

Shoreby Club Newport Harbor, Bratenahl, where a bag being investigated as part of the search for a missing plane (Photo: Maia Belay, Fox 8)

Shoreby Club Newport Harbor, Bratenahl, where a bag being investigated as part of the search for a missing plane (Photo: Maia Belay, Fox 8)

Five boats were launched this morning from each of the following departments: the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard and Underwater Marine Contractors. Each of the boats have sonar equipment that is able to track images underwater.

Additionally, on board each boat is a skilled dive team, prepared to handle the situation once the aircraft is found.

A Cleveland Police helicopter is also searching.

Unlike on Saturday, when poor weather and water conditions forced officials to cancel the search, crews are working with favorable conditions today on Lake Erie.

Superior Beverage CEO John T. Fleming was flying the Cessna that went missing Thursday night. With him on the plane were his wife and two teenage sons, as well as two neighbors.

The Fleming Family had been in Cleveland to attend a Cavaliers game.  Shortly after take off from Burke Lakefront Airport on the way to Columbus, the plane disappeared over Lake Erie.

The city has been in contact with the families of the passengers and has apprised them of every aspect of the search as it unfolds.

If the public sees anything they think may be helpful in the search and recovery effort, they should contact 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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