CLEVELAND - WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Search and recovery crews probing for debris from the aircraft that went missing over Lake Erie last month, appeared to have salvaged a wing from the Cessna.
Just after 5:00 P.M., WKYC Channel 3 cameras captured video of a vessel carrying a possible wing out on Lake Erie.
The City of Cleveland stated that several significant pieces of debris were recovered today from the water efforts. City officials will hold another press conference on all the updates Thursday afternoon.
ALSO: A statement issued by NTSB Wednesday says the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the plane that went missing over Lake Erie last month captured the plane's entire flight attempt.
The cockpit voice recorder was found by divers last Friday and was sent to Washington for analysis. NTSB says it will assemble a group of technicians to develop a detailed, written transcript of the sounds recorded by the box.
According to an update issued by the city of Cleveland Wednesday about noon, crews aboard Underwater Marine Contractors’ 50-foot Salvage Chief and the Army Corps of Engineers’ 70-foot Donlon were on the water by 7:30 a.m.
Both vessels in use today are equipped with sonar that will be used to take images of the bottom of the lake and track divers, according to the update.
The U.S. Coast Guard broke up ice in the harbor Tuesday, hoping to make it easier for the vessels to get to the dive sites, according to the city. The city says Great Lakes Towing Company has an ice breaker on standby should it be needed today (Wednesday).
Divers began the search about 9:30 a.m., according to the update.
Crews have recovered additional debris from the aircraft today, some of which are larger pieces. Once the debris has been processed and the families have been notified, the city will provide an update.
A shoreline search and a helicopter search will be used if weather permits, the city noted.
The update also asked that if anyone who sees debris along the shoreline that could be relevant to this investigation should report it to the Cleveland Division of Police non-emergency number: 216-621-1234. Please don't touch the debris; investigators will collect debris and investigate it to see if it is relevant to this investigation.
On Dec. 29, a small aircraft went missing over Lake Erie after departing from Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport.
The Cessna 525 Citation plane was flown by John Fleming of Dublin, Ohio. Fleming's wife, Sue, their two sons, Jack and Andrew, and the family's neighbor, Brian Casey, and his daughter, Megan, were also on board the plane. The group was in Cleveland to attend a Cleveland Cavaliers game and was planning to fly in to The Ohio State University.
Search crews have been looking for the plane's wreckage as several pieces of debris have been recovered. The plane's black box, a portion of its tail, part of the fuselage, part of the engine and seats with male human remains were among the recovered debris.
View a timeline of the events below.
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