City to end search and recovery efforts for plane missing from Burke Lakefront Airport

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland has made the decision to end recovery efforts in the search for the plane that went missing over Lake Erie. 

Underwater Marine Contractors' Salvage Chief, its crew and a crew from Cleveland Fire Department were out on the water Tuesday. Two large pieces of debris were located and recovered, as well as a number of small pieces that were not recovered. No human remains were found Tuesday.

The decision to end the search was not easy and not taken lightly, according to Burke Lakefront Airport Commissioner Khalid Bahhur. The families of the passengers were briefed about the decision.

The plane, which crashed on Dec. 29, was flown by President and Chief Executive Officer of Superior Beverage, John Fleming. It was carrying Fleming’s wife, Sue; their two children, Jack and Andrew, as well as neighbor, Brian Casey, and his daughter, Megan.

Crews have recovered the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, an engine, wings and large portions of its fuselage.

Continuing coverage here. 

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