Coast Guard searching for missing airplane near Maui

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News 
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard is searching Sunday, for a privately owned Cessna 172S airplane that disappeared from radar while travelling from Maui to Molokai.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a report at 7 p.m. Saturday, that the airplane disappeared from radar approximately 2.5 miles north of Maui’s North Shore.

A debris field that appears to be from an aircraft has been located in the area, approximately two miles north of Maui, but confirmation that it is the missing Cessna can’t be made.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, from Honolulu, and response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Maui are searching the area.

Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department have conducted land searches without locating any signs of aircraft debris.

The Cessna 172S is a four-seat, single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft. It is unknown if anyone other than the pilot is aboard.

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