Search Resumes For Missing Citation (Updated)
Coast Guard crews resumed recovery efforts Sunday in Lake Erie for a corporate jet that disappeared off the shoreline of northeastern Ohio late Thursday. News reports say the Citation 525C, based in Columbus, Ohio, had flown earlier in the day to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland with six on board. The aircraft departed the field about 11 p.m. for its return flight. Crews in Coast Guard boats and a helicopter along with a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 took part in the search, made difficult with 12- to 15-foot waves on the lake. No signs of the aircraft or occupants were found and crews ceased their search at 7:30 p.m., and will turn over recovery efforts to local authorities, Cleveland.com reported.
The jet's pilot and owner, the CEO of a local company, was flying his wife, two sons, and another parent and daughter, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The group had attended a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game and was returning to Columbus. Flight data and reports from ATC indicate the 2012 Citation dropped off radar in a high-speed descent over the lake, moments after departing Cleveland.