The Latest: Remains of 3 Ohio plane crash victims identified

The Latest on the plane crash that killed six people off Cleveland last month (all times local):

10 a.m.

A medical examiner in Cleveland has identified the recovered remains of three of the six people killed when a plane piloted by a Columbus businessman crashed over Lake Erie last month.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County medical examiner’s office said Friday that it has identified the remains of 45-year-old businessman John Fleming, his 15-year-old son, Jack, and a family friend, 50-year-old Brian Casey.

Divers weren’t able to recover the remains of Fleming’s 46-year-old wife, Sue, their 14-year-old son, Andrew, or Casey’s 19-year-old daughter, Megan. Cleveland ended its recovery efforts Tuesday, saying it was unlikely further remains would be found in the lake.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says John Fleming became certified to fly the Cessna Citation 525 just three weeks before the Dec. 29 crash.


2:30 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the plane that crashed into Lake Erie last month, killing all six people on board.

The NTSB report issued Thursday night says pilot John Fleming received his certification to fly that type of aircraft just 21 days before the fatal crash.

The findings provide a timeline for the Dec. 29 crash, but do not indicate why the Cessna Citation 525 suddenly lost altitude and crashed just one minute after takeoff.

Fleming, his wife, their two sons and their neighbors were all killed.

Airplane debris including the cockpit voice recorder was later recovered. The NTSB says a committee in Washington will listen to the recorder and transcribe it for the investigation into the cause of the crash.