Crews find ‘significant pieces’ of missing plane, additional human remains


A Coast Guard boat searches for a plane that went missing over Lake Erie last week.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Crews have found significant pieces of the plane that went missing over Lake Erie and are working to identify human remains also recovered in the search.

City officials said during a press conference Thursday that human remains found Friday have been determined to belong to a male. Additional human remains were found yesterday, said officials, and DNA testing is underway to determine proper identification.

Yesterday crews also found “several significant pieces of the aircraft.” Those include a large portion of the left wing along with a box that contains mechanical information from the flight and plane.

Thursday, two vessels will continue recovery efforts.

Missing plane debris field
Missing plane debris field

Tonight will mark two weeks since the plane went missing over Lake Erie with six people on board.

The plane was flown by President and Chief Executive Officer of Superior Beverage, John Fleming. It was also carrying Fleming’s wife, Sue, their two children Jack and Andrew, as well as neighbor Brian Casey and his daughter Megan. The group was leaving Cleveland after attending a Cleveland Cavaliers game and were headed home to Columbus.

As for the search today, the city says vessels from the Cleveland Division of Fire and the Salvage Chief from Underwater Marine Contractors are heading out to search the area again. Divers and sonar are aboard the vessels. Right now the National Transportation Safety Board is analyzing the cockpit voice recorder that was recovered from the plane.

The NTSB says the device recorded the entire flight.

Teams have also recovered portions of the fuselage, an engine, several seats, a wheel and a canopy with window attached.

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