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(CLEVELAND) — Search efforts resumed by water, air and shoreline on Monday for a plane that disappeared four days ago near Cleveland carrying three adults, including a CEO, and three children, officials said.

A bag from the plane was recovered Sunday near the Shoreby Club harbor, which is along the coast about 6 miles north of Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, city officials said.

Other debris has been collected, but has not yet been verified as part of the plane, the city said.

The plane went missing Thursday night over Lake Erie after taking off from Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport en route to Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, officials said.

Superior Beverage Group president and CEO John Fleming was aboard with family and friends, according to the Ohio-based beer and wine distributor.

“As we all await the results of the search and rescue efforts, our hearts are with John, his wife, their sons, and close friends on board, as well as with their loved ones and everyone in the Superior Beverage family,” company Executive Vice President Joseph McHenry said in a Friday statement. “This is a difficult day for us, and we appreciate the concern and thoughtfulness extended by so many.”

The weather conditions were favorable for Monday’s search, Cleveland officials said Monday morning, with mostly calm waters and light winds. The search is focusing on a grid near the shoreline that’s about 2.5 miles from east to west and 2 miles north to south.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams said. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

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