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Search Narrows For Missing Plane In Lake Erie, Memorials Set

The crew of the "Muskie" and a NTSB technician deploy the underwater locator beacon detector.
CITY OF CLEVELAND
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The crew of the "Muskie" and a NTSB technician deploy the underwater locator beacon detector.

Officials say the search for a plane that disappeared over Lake Erie a week ago with six Ohioans aboard has been narrowed because of transmissions received by an underwater locator beacon.

Searchers say they're now looking for the cockpit voice recorder in an area about 125 feet by 325 feet. The search in the lake was expected to resume Friday morning, weather-permitting.

The plane vanished shortly after takeoff from a Cleveland lakefront airport on Dec. 29. Officials say debris found in water and shoreline searches is consistent with the missing plane.

Superior Beverage Group President and CEO John T. Fleming was piloting the plane. His wife, Sue, two teenage sons, Jack and Andrew, a neighbor Brian Casey and his 19-year-old daughter, Megan, also were aboard.

The Vindicator reports memorial services are planned Monday near Youngstown and Tuesday in central Ohio.