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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:26 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006

Search for missing plane suspended

Advertiser Staff

The Coast Guard and Maui Fire Department have suspended the search for a missing plane off the coast of Moloka'i, officials said today.

The Coast Guard made the decision to call off the search pending further developments at about 1:30 today, said Petty Officer Michael De Nyse.

Coast Guard planes and ships looked for a total of 32 hours and covered about 280 nautical miles without spotting any sign of the Cessna 177B that apparently plunged into ocean off Moloka'i on Thursday night.

The plane left Honolulu Airport Thursday night with two people aboard and disappeared about an hour later. The instructor and pilot of the single-engine plane, owned by Anderson Aviation, have not been identified.