Citation CVR Recovered
Divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder, human remains and debris from a Cessna 525 Citation that crashed in Lake Erie on Dec. 29. There were six people on board the business jet when it crashed just after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland for Columbus. The aircraft was owned and flown by Columbus businessman John T. Fleming. His wife, their two sons and a neighbor and his daughter were on the plane. The group was returning from a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game in a trip arranged as a holiday treat for family and friends.
In addition to the CVR, which was intact, divers found a seat, part of the tail and other pieces of the aircraft on Friday. The search had been hampered by poor weather, including 15-foot swells in the lake. The recorder has been sent to the NTSB lab for analysis and a full investigation will be done once the remainder of the debris has been recovered.