Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Big Island Cessna

HONOLULU (CG GPublic Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard continued a search today for a missing Cessna with three people aboard last seen near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tuesday afternoon. By sunset today, the Coast Guard will have searched more than 10,000 square miles — an area more than twice the size of the Big Island.

At first light today, two HH-65 Dolphin helicopters and two C-130 search planes were on scene near the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa and an area of densely forested area within the Ka’u Forest Preserve. That area was better seen by Coast Guard air crews today because weather at first light was more favorable for searching.

Coast Guard pilots reported winds out of the east at 10 knots, a ceiling of 2,300 feet and good visibility. Clouds and rain made search conditions in that area difficult Wednesday.

The Coast Guard has searched the Cessna’s planned flight path, areas around its last reported position and areas along routes the pilot may have flown if the plane had gotten into trouble near the National Park.

The Coast Guard partnered with Hawaii County Fire Department, the National Park Service, Civil Air Patrol and Good Samaritans to saturate the search area with air and ground assets. No sign of the missing Cessna has been reported.

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