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More human remains found in search for plane in Lake Erie

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A boat carrying a recovery team rides on the shoreline of Lake Erie, in Cleveland.

More human remains have been recovered in the search for wreckage of a corporate jet carrying six people that crashed in Lake Erie two weeks ago, authorities said yesterday.

Cuyahoga County's medical examiner, Dr Thomas Gilson, said DNA testing will be required to identify the remains found Wednesday. Officials have said remains found January 6 on a seat pulled from the lake were those of a male.

Searchers yesterday also found more debris believed to be from the plane, officials said.

Divers have found the jet's cockpit voice recorder, seats, part of the fuselage, an engine cover and the left wing, in addition to the human remains. A box that records mechanical information on the plane but isn't crash-proof also was found and sent to federal investigators.

The plane was carrying a Columbus businessman, his wife, their two teenage sons, a neighbor and the neighbor's daughter, a University of Wisconsin-Madison nursing student. They were returning to Columbus after making the trip to a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

The slow-going search hampered by ice, high winds and murky waters that limit visibility along the lake bottom shows just how difficult it is to find the wreckage of a plane in water or a remote area despite the use of emergency beacons and high-tech equipment.