Rescue crews search for missing airplane near Maui

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast Guard, Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department are searching for a privately owned Cessna airplane that disappeared from radar while traveling from Maui to Molokai Saturday evening.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received the report at 7:00 p.m that the airplane disappeared from radar approximately 2.5 miles north of Maui's North Shore.

Crews aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to conduct a search of the area. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, homeported in Honolulu, has also deployed to assist.

Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department are conducting land searches of the area.

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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