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Lake Erie searchers using device to locate beacon of missing plane

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -

Search and recovery efforts are still continuing a week after a plane went missing over Lake Erie.

A Cessna 525 Citation went missing Dec. 29 after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport.

Officials say they deployed a vessel with an underwater locator beacon to see if they can hear a transmission “ping” from the aircraft. They say the equipment will be deployed to the search grid today.

Officials say debris related to the search was found Wednesday, but specific information on the debris has not yet been released.

Foot patrols and mounted units continue to search the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront Airport.

The Cleveland Division of Police helicopter is searching the shoreline by air as weather permits.

Earlier this week more wreckage was recovered along the Lake Erie shore. The City of Cleveland said more than 120 pieces of debris were found by the end of the search on Monday. Though not all confirmed, officials believe much of the debris match what would be part of the Cessna 525 Citation.

The first item recovered from the plane was a bag that washed ashore a nearby private harbor in the Cleveland suburb of Bretenahl on Sunday.

The missing airplane was carrying a native Boardman couple and their children, as well as a friend and his daughter.

The pilot, John T. Fleming, and his wife, Sue, were 1989 graduates of Boardman High School. 

John was piloting the plane Thursday night and was heading home to Columbus after a night at a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

Their destination was Ohio State's airport, located northwest of downtown Columbus. 

On board with the Flemings were their two teenage sons, 15-year-old John, and 14-year-old Andrew. Along with them for the night were Brian Casey and his 19 year-old daughter Megan, both of Powell. 

Fleming is the CEO of Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group, which is rooted in Youngstown. 

Cleveland's police chief, Calvin Williams, is asking anyone who sees what could be debris from the plane to avoid touching it and call police at (216) 621-1234 or the Burke Lakefront Airport at (216) 781-6411. 

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