Cleveland ends search and recovery for plane that crashed in Lake Erie

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources boat heads out to Lake Erie to help in the recovery operation of a missing plane, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 near Cleveland. Crews searching Lake Erie on Friday found what may be human remains on a seat from a plane that was carrying six people when it disappeared more than a week ago. (Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer via AP)

CLEVELAND, OH (AP) – Officials say DNA profiles have been developed for three of the six people aboard a plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland and the search for human remains and plane debris has ended.

Burke Lakefront Airport Commissioner Khalid Bahhur said Tuesday the decision to end the search was difficult but the lake’s water conditions make it unlikely further remains can be found. Divers recovered two large pieces of debris but no human remains Tuesday.

Bahhur says families of the six people killed in the crash have been told Tuesday would be the last search day.

A Columbus businessman, his wife, their two sons, their neighbor and their neighbor’s daughter were aboard the plane when it crashed Dec. 29. The neighbor’s daughter was a University of Wisconsin-Madison student. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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