Citation 525 went down on Thursday night shortly after taking
off from Burke Lakefront Airport north of downtown Cleveland.
The plane was carrying John Fleming, 46, president and chief
executive of Ohio-based liquor distribution company Superior
Beverage Group; his wife, Sue; their teenage sons Jack and
Andrew; and two friends, company officials have said.
The search for the plane will resume on Monday after darkness
forced a halt to the operation late on Sunday, a spokesman for
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said in a statement.
Police are following up on multiple reports of debris washing
ashore east of the airport, without it being verified as coming
from the downed plane, the statement said. Police are also
investigating the contents of a bag recovered on Sunday.
The Cessna had been bound for Ohio State University Airport and
disappeared after flying about two miles (three km) over the
lake, the U.S. Coast Guard has said.
Jackson said on Saturday that those aboard were presumed to have
died. Officials have not said what might have caused the plane
to go down.
(Writing by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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