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Crash of a Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 off Cleveland: 6 killed

Accident description

  • Dec 29, 2016 at 2300 LT
  • N614SB
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Private
  • No
  • Lake, Sea, Ocean
  • Cleveland – Columbus
  • 525C-0072
  • 2012
  • Cleveland-Burke Lakefront, Ohio
  • USA
  • North America
  • 1
  • 1
  • 5
  • 5
  • 0
  • 6
  • Shortly after takeoff from runway 24R, the pilot made a turn to the right to the north and continued to climb to 3,100 feet when the aircraft nosed down and descended at a rate of 3,750 feet per minute. It then crashed into the Lake Erie about two miles north of the airport. SAR operations were conducted all night but the visibility was poor. Two days after the accident, no trace of the airplane nor the six occupants was found. Owned by the Superior Beverage Group, the aircraft was piloted by its CEO John T. Fleming who was flying to Columbus with his wife, both sons, his neighbor and neighbor's daughter.