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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:58 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Severe weather cited in July 27 plane crash

Advertiser Staff

A preliminary report on the July 27 loss of a Cessna aircraft with two men on board off Moloka'i suggests that the plane encountered severe weather before crashing at sea about a mile from the island's northern cliffs.

Flight instructor Joshua Tabisola, 25, and student pilot Jacob Jacob, 23, both of Waipahu, were lost during a flight from Honolulu to Hana, Maui. Both were certified pilots with instrument ratings. Tabisola was assisting Jacob in obtaining his commercial flying license.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report on the crash concludes that the Cessna 177B, owned by Anderson Aviation, crashed into the ocean, "sank and is presumably destroyed."

No wreckage and no sign of the victims have been found. Both radar data and witness reports indicated there was heavy rain in the area at the time of the crash.

To see the full report, go to http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20060801X01068&key=1