Search for missing cessna continues

KONA (KHNL) --  The U.S. Coast Guard's been searching for hours for a missing plane on the Big Island, but so far there's been no sign of it.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the cessna 172 took off at about 10:45 Tuesday morning from the Kona International Airport.

The pilot and two passengers were scheduled to take a circle island tour, including a tour over Kilauea volcano.

They should've been back on the ground in about two hours.

"Another aircraft spotted the plane in question at about 12:45 over Kilauea. But when the plane didn't return to Kona on time the company that owns the plane reported it missing," said Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

That company, PAP LLC, does business as Fly Hawaii and Island Hoppers..

The U.S. Coast Guard is heading up the search for the missing plane.